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Lin S.,Fujian Agriculture and forestry University | Lin S.,Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Agroecological Processing and Safety Monitoring | Huangpu J.J.,Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Agroecological Processing and Safety Monitoring | Huangpu J.J.,Fujian Agriculture and forestry University | And 5 more authors.
Pakistan Journal of Botany | Year: 2015

Pseudostellaria heterophylla is an important medicinal plant in China. However, cultivation of P. heterophylla using consecutive monoculture results in significant reductions in yield and quality. In this study, terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) analysis and measurement of soil enzyme activities were used to investigate the regulation of soil micro-ecology to identify ways to overcome the negative effects of P. heterophylla consecutive monoculture. T-RFLP analysis showed that rice/P. heterophylla (RP) and bean/P. heterophylla (BP) crop rotation systems increased the number and diversity of microbial groups in P. heterophylla rhizosphere soil. In particular, the RP and BP crop rotations increased the number and abundance of beneficial bacterial species compared with two-year consecutive monoculture of P. heterophylla. The presence of these beneficial bacteria was positively correlated with soil enzyme activities which increased in rhizosphere soils of the RP and BP crop rotation systems. The results indicated that crop rotation systems could increase activities of key soil enzymes and beneficial microbial groups and improve soil health. This study could provide a theoretical basis to resolve the problems associated with P. heterophylla consecutive monoculture. © 2015, Pakistan Botanical Society. All Rights reserved. Source

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