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Effects of simulated nitrogen deposition on the soil microbial community diversity of a Deyeuxia angustifolia wetland in the Sanjiang Plain, Northeastern China



The soil microbial community is an important bioactive component of terrestrial ecosystems. Its structural and functional diversity directly affects carbon and nitrogen processes. This study aimed to investigate the variations in the diversity and composition of soil bacterial communities in a wetland with different nitrogen deposition conditions.


A long-term simulated nitrogen deposition experiment was conducted in the Ecological Locating Research Station of the Institute of Nature and Ecology of Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences. Three different treatments were evaluated, including low nitrogen (LK; 40 kg N·hm-2·a-1), high nitrogen (HN; 80 kg N·hm-2·a-1), and control (CK; 0 kg N·hm-2·a-1). Bacterial 16S rDNA was then sequenced and analyzed using the next-generation sequencing technology.


Higher levels of N deposition resulted in an α-diversity increase followed by a decrease, with significant reductions in the HN treatment. Simulated nitrogen deposition resulted in changes in the structure and abundance of bacterial communities in wetland soils. The dominant phyla in all three plots were Proteobacteria and Acidobacteria. Compared with CK, the relative abundance of Chloroflexi increased significantly under the HN treatment (P < 0.05), whereas the relative abundance of Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes decreased significantly (P < 0.05). Nitrogen input changed the composition and relative abundance of the bacterial community, which was possibly due to N-induced soil acidification.


This study thus provides a theoretical basis for predicting the effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on soil microorganisms, as well as changes in the wetland ecosystem in Sanjiang Plain.


Nitrogen deposition has steadily increased since the twentieth century due to fossil fuel combustion, the use of large amounts of agricultural fertilizers, and the intensification of animal husbandry, all of which have had profound effects on the carbon and nitrogen cycle of terrestrial ecosystems. Particularly, the rapid economic development and urbanization of China have led to marked increases in nitrogen deposition. China has become the third-largest nitrogen deposition area in the world, after Europe and North America (Mo et al. 2006; Galloway et al. 2008). Nitrogen deposition is reportedly the most important driving factor for carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems in China (Bai et al. 2010; Tian et al. 2011). The recent intensification of nitrogen deposition has resulted in soil acidification, changes in plant and microbial composition and diversity, and changes in the soil carbon-nitrogen cycle (Hiiesalu et al. 2014; Bassiri 2015), thus affecting ecosystem stability and health. Therefore, reducing nitrogen deposition and its impact on human health and the environment has become an important challenge.

The soil microbiota is an important part of the ecosystem, as it plays a critical role in mediating soil material cycles and energy flow. Further, soil microorganisms promote the mineralization and decomposition of soil organic matter and the circulation and transformation of soil nutrients such as C, N, P, and S, in addition to playing a crucial role in the global biogeochemical cycle (Bai et al. 2010; Liu et al. 2016). Nitrogen is an important limiting factor in most terrestrial ecosystems, and increased nitrogen deposition can cause changes in soil microbial activity and microbial community structure by affecting soil chemical properties. The structure of soil microbial communities can also indirectly affect the growth of aboveground plants (Lammel et al. 2018; Lu et al. 2020). Changes in soil microbial diversity can be used as a sensitive indicator of ecosystem function. Therefore, understanding the effects of nitrogen deposition on microbial diversity is one of the most important challenges in the field of ecology (Li et al. 2019a, 2019b; Wei et al. 2020). At present, a large number of studies have been carried out on the impact of nitrogen deposition on the structure and function of microbial communities (Yao et al. 2014; Wei et al. 2020; Liu et al. 2020). Yao et al. (2014) found that when the N deposition reached a certain threshold (5.25–10.5 g m-2 year-1) in typical grassland, it leads to decrease the soil pH < 6.0 and therefore significantly decrease the bacterial community diversity. Wei et al. (2020) found that N addition significantly reduced α-diversity and changed the bacterial communities across generally all months. Liu et al. (2020) found that the β-diversity of soil bacteria increased first and then decreased with nitrogen addition. However, most studies on the effects of nitrogen deposition on soil microorganisms have mainly focused on forest and grassland ecosystems, whereas the study of natural wetlands has remained largely neglected, particularly those with nitrogen applied for more than 10 years.

Sanjiang Plain is the most complete and well-preserved wetland in China and is also an important grain production center. Further, this region plays an irreplaceable role in ensuring national food security and participates in critical ecological processes. Deyeuxia angustifolia is a constructive and dominant plant in typical meadows and swampy meadows wetlands in the Sanjiang Plain, and a dominant or subdominant species in swamp vegetation (Li et al., 2019b). Many studies have been carried out in Deyeuxia angustifolia wetland in the Sanjiang Plain, mainly focusing on wetland carbon flux (Wang et al. 2017), plant diversity (Dai et al. 2010), and plant photosynthesis (Xu et al. 2020). However, the research on the response of microbial community structure and function to nitrogen deposition still poorly understands. Therefore, our study employed high-throughput sequencing technology to study changes in soil microbial community structure and its relationship with soil physical and chemical properties in the Sanjiang Plain wetland under different nitrogen deposition levels. Our study thus provides a scientific basis for the development of effective wetland management strategies in the Sanjiang Plain to ensure the sustainable development of this region.


Changes in soil physical and chemical properties under different nitrogen deposition treatments

Table 1 summarizes the soil physical and chemical properties of the simulated nitrogen deposition treatments. Soil pH, TN, NH4, NO3, and AP changed significantly, whereas SOC and TP remained unaffected. The results of the soil physical and chemical property analyses of the simulated nitrogen deposition plots indicated that soil pH and available phosphorus decreased with increased nitrogen application (Table 1). In contrast, total nitrogen, nitrate-nitrogen, and ammonium nitrogen contents increased gradually with increasing nitrogen deposition.

Table 1 Physical and chemical properties under different nitrogen concentration conditions

Bacterial α- and β-diversities under different nitrogen deposition treatments

The Observed OTUs, Chao1 index, and Shannon diversity index of soil bacteria did not change significantly in the LN treatment, whereas the HN treatment did exhibit significant changes compared with CK (Table 2). According to the Table 2, the LN treatment significantly increased the OTUs, Shannon, and Chao1 indices of soil bacteria but HN treatment significantly decreased the OTUs, Shannon and Chao1 indices of soil bacteria.

Table 2 α diversity of the soil bacterial community under different nitrogen deposition treatments

Principal coordinates analysis (PCoA) illustrates the variations in beta-diversity of the bacterial communities (Fig. 1). The soil bacterial community of HN was significantly different from that of the CK and LN treatments, whereas the soil bacterial communities of CK and LN were similar. According to principal coordinates analysis (PCoA), PC2 and PC3 explained 35.10% and 8.66% of the variation in soil bacteria, respectively, accounting for a total of 43.76%. The bacterial community structure between CK, LN, and HN changed significantly (permanova R2 = 0. 83, P < 0.05)

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Principal coordinates analysis (PCoA) of soil bacterial community under different nitrogen deposition treatments. CK, control treatment; LN, low nitrogen treatment; HN, high nitrogen treatment. The β-diversity was calculated at the OTU level (97%) based on the Bray–Curtis dissimilarity index

Variation of soil bacterial composition under different nitrogen deposition treatments

At the phylum level (Fig. 2), the microbial community of the CK, LN, and HN treatments was dominated by Proteobacteria (CK:21.57%, LN:21.34%, HN:21.75%) and Acidobacteria (CK:25.42%, LN:16.47%, HN:21.57%), followed by Firmicutes (CK:13.95%, LN:15.84%, HN:6.39%), Chloroflexi (CK:7.57%, LN:7.46%, HN:20.65%), Bacteroides (CK:12.31%, LN:12.66%, HN:7.18%), and Actinobacteria (CK:5.51%, LN:7.79%, HN:7.17%). Additionally, Verrucomicrobia and Gemmatimonadetes were also detected in the three nitrogen deposition treatments with relative abundances exceeding 2% (Fig. 2). According to the Fig. 2, the Acidobacteria, Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, Chloroflexi, Bacteroides, Actinobacteria, Verrucomicrobia, Gemmatimonadetes, and Cyanobacteria were all changed significantly under N deposition treatments. Addition, compared with CK, the N depositions decreased the abundance of Acidobacteria and Nitrospirae, while increased the abundance of Proteobacteria and Chloroflexi (Fig. 2). The abundance of Firmicutes increased in LN and then decreased significantly in the HN (P < 0.05). HN treatment significantly increased the relative abundance of Chloroflexi (P < 0.05) and decreased the relative abundance of Bacteroidetes (P < 0.001). Moreover, all the bacterial phyla (except unclassified species and Rokubacteria) differed significantly among the three nitrogen deposition treatments (P < 0.05) (Fig. 2).

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Histogram of the relative abundance of soil bacterial communities under different nitrogen deposition treatments. Note: Level of statistical significance determined by one-way ANOVA (***P < 0.001, **P < 0.01, *P < 0.05) within a particular phylum between the different nitrogen deposition treatments

At the genus level (Fig. 3), the bacterial community of the CK, LN, and HN treatments was dominated by Acinetobacter (CK:5.76%, LN:8.26%, HN:11.23%) and Nitrobacter (CK:3.17%, LN:4.69%, HN:5.78%), followed by Bryobacter (CK:2.31%, LN:3.02%, HN:2.76%) and Bradyrhizobium (CK:2.84%, LN:2.49%, HN:3.14%).

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Changes in the genus-level composition of soil bacteria communities under different nitrogen deposition treatments

According to one-way ANOVA and compared with CK, the relative abundance of Acinetobacter, Bryobacter, and Nitrobacter significantly increased within LN and HN, but Bradyrhizobium decreased in the LN and increased significantly in the HN. In contrast, HA17, Variibacter, Acidothermus, Asticcacaulis, A21b, Geobacter, Subgroup-2, Caulobacter, RBG13, Erythrobacter, Pseudomonas, and Caditatus decreased significantly within LN and HN treatments compared with CK treatment.

The structures of the bacterial communities, particularly the unique and shared OTUs among the different soil samples, were visualized using Venn diagrams. A total of 1381 OTUs (account for 82.01%) were shared between all the soil samples (Fig. 4). Among the remaining OTUs, 37 were only identified in CK, accounting for 2.20%, 39 in 99 in LN, accounting for 5.88%, 32 in HN, accounting for 1.90% (Fig. 4).

Fig. 4
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Venn analysis of soil bacteria communities under different nitrogen deposition treatments based on OTU level

Heatmap analysis using the 30 most abundant bacterial genera indicated that the genera Eschericha-Shigella, Megamones, Bifidobaterium, Bacteroides, Holdemanella, and Subdoligranulum were dominant in the CK (Fig. 5). Furthermore, the LN was dominated by Bradyrhizobium, Bryobacter, and Geobacter (Fig. 5). Nicotiana_otophora, Sphingomonas, and RB 41 were the most dominant genera in the HN (Fig. 5).

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Heatmap and hierarchical clustering of the relative abundances of the top-30 genera detected in the soil bacteiral communities

Relationship between soil physicochemical properties and bacterial communities

Pearson correlation analysis was used to detect the correlation between soil bacteria α-diversity and soil physicochemical factors. The results indicated that soil Shannon diversity was significantly correlated with NO3 and NH4 (P < 0.05), whereas other soil physicochemical properties did not correlate with soil α-diversity (Table 3).

Table 3 Correlation coefficients of bacterial alpha diversity indices and soil physicochemical factors under different nitrogen treatments

The cumulative variations in the first and second RDA axes were 35.52% and 29.07, respectively (Fig. 6), which demonstrated that the structure of the bacterial communities was significantly influenced by the physicochemical properties of the soil. As illustrated by the RDA plot (Fig. 6), HN was positively affected by soil TN, TP, NO3, and NH4, whereas LN was positively affected by soil pH, AP, and SOC, and the CK was positively affected by SOC, AP, and pH.

Fig. 6
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Changes in the genus-level composition of soil bacterial communities under different nitrogen deposition treatments


Soil pH is one of the most important factors affecting soil microbial diversity and therefore plays an important role in the decomposition and synthesis of soil organic matter and the synthesis and transformation of N, P, and K (Ndour et al. 2007). Our findings indicated that the soil pH of the Deyeuxia angustifolia wetland decreased with increasing nitrogen concentrations, which was mainly due to acidification caused by increases in inorganic nitrogen content in the soil. Increased nitrogen deposition also affected soil nutrient composition. Soil organic carbon (SOC) and nitrogen increased significantly (Table 1) with higher nitrogen deposition, suggesting that nitrogen input can promote carbon sequestration, thus increasing soil organic carbon content. These findings were consistent with those of Chung et al. (2010) and Liao et al. (2020). Further, our results indicated that exogenous nitrogen input increased the available nitrogen of the wetland ecosystem and therefore has an important effect on the SOC content of wetland soil. Additionally, increases in exogenous nitrogen input also enhanced the nitrate and ammonium nitrogen content in the soil, promoted the mineralization rate of soil nitrogen, and increased the content of mineral nitrogen in the soil. These findings were consistent with those of previous studies, thus confirming that soil nitrate nitrogen and ammonium nitrogen increase with exogenous nitrogen input until soil nitrogen saturation is reached (Zhou et al. 2017; Yan et al. 2020). Other similar studies evaluated the early effects of simulated nitrogen deposition on available nitrogen content in south subtropical forest soils. These studies found that higher atmospheric nitrogen deposition rates proportionately increased the available N content in soil (Boot et al. 2016; Cheng et al. 2020).

Diversity indices are important indicators of the richness and diversity of soil microbial communities (Haidich and Ioannidis 2004; Sui et al. 2016). Our findings indicated that soil bacterial diversity changed significantly under different nitrogen deposition conditions. The Shannon index exhibited a slight increase in the LN treatment and a significant decrease in the HN treatment. Further, our results suggested that the effects of nitrogen deposition on bacterial diversity were largely dependent on the levels of nitrogen input, as demonstrated by the increases and decreases in the abundance of specific bacterial taxa depending on the nitrogen treatment (Freitag et al. 2005). This may be because little nitrogen deposition increases the soil nutrient content, and changes the soil nutrition supply, thus promoting bacterial growth. However, adding high concentration nitrogen will restrict the bacterial abundance and Shannon diversity because increasing nitrogen alters the availability of nutrients in the soil, which leads to the growth of some bacterial populations, but inhibits other populations, thus resulted in the Shannon diversity decreasing. Therefore, a certain concentration of nitrogen would promote the growth of bacteria, which is consistent with the findings of another study conducted in the Stipa baicalensis Steppe (Liu et al. 2019). Further, this decrease in diversity may be due to soil acidification resulting from long-term N deposition in the supersaturated state (Chung et al. 2010; Wang et al. 2018a, 2018b). A decrease in microbial diversity with high N deposition was also found in previous studies (Zhou et al. 2015; Zhang et al. 2018; Lu et al. 2020). Our findings indicated that soil pH was significantly and positively correlated with soil bacterial alpha diversity. Soil pH is a major modulator of soil microbial community diversity and composition in diverse ecosystems (Rousk et al. 2010; Zhang et al. 2015; Lammel et al. 2018). Soil microbial communities are directly affected by soil pH, as different soil microbial taxa have different optimal pH ranges that promote their growth (Rousk et al. 2010; Krulwich et al. 2011). In general, high nitrogen deposition in some areas of China will likely impact soil microbial community structures and further affect the stability of the ecosystem (Wang et al. 2018a, 2018b; Clare et al. 2019).

Soil physico-chemistry properties strongly influence the structure and diversity of bacterial communities. Here, soil bacterial community structure exhibited a positive correlation with TN, TP, NO3, NH4, and SOC, which was consistent with the findings of Frey et al. (2020) and Sui et al. (2021). Other studies have demonstrated that several physicochemical characteristics of soil including moisture (Bi et al. 2012), pH (Siles and Margesin 2016), organic carbon (Yang et al. 2018), and C/N ratio (Luo et al. 2017) substantially affect the composition of bacterial communities. Our findings also confirmed that the composition of soil bacteria at the OTU level was significantly correlated with soil nutrients (Fig. 6).

Nitrogen is one of the limiting factors of wetland ecosystems and increases in nitrogen deposition will likely change the relative abundance of dominant soil bacteria (Huang et al. 2020). In this study, Proteobacteria and Acidobacteria were the dominant species in the three treatments. Many other studies have also shown that the main bacterial communities in wetland soils are Acidobacteria and Proteobacteria (Turlapati et al. 2013; Cederlund et al. 2014). With increased nitrogen deposition, the relative abundance of Acidobacteria significantly increased in LN but significantly decreased in HN. The relative abundance of Chloroflexi increased gradually and significantly under both the LN and HN treatments. The relative abundance of Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes decreased gradually but was only significantly lower under the HN treatment. Previous studies suggest that exogenous nitrogen addition reduces bacterial diversity and changes bacterial community composition, which in turn changes the relative abundance of the dominant phyla (Jangid et al. 2008; Campbell et al. 2010; Freedman et al. 2015). The nutrient hypothesis proposed by Fierer et al. (2012) could explain the role of nitrogen addition in soil bacterial community dynamics. Given that the members of the Actinobacteria and Proteobacteria phyla are eutrophic microorganisms, their growth rate and relative abundance increase in eutrophic environments. However, Acidobacteria and Firmicutes are generally considered oligotrophic microorganisms, and therefore, their growth rate and relative abundance decrease in eutrophic environments, which is consistent with the results of this study. Our redundancy analyses indicated that the main factors affecting bacterial community structure were ammonium nitrogen, nitrate-nitrogen, and soil pH, which confirmed the critical role of soil physical and chemical properties in determining the structures of microbial communities (Lamb et al. 2011; Ren et al. 2018; Sui et al. 2021).

As decomposers, soil microorganisms play an extremely important role in the material cycle of wetland ecosystems, and the diversity of soil microorganisms is also a key factor affecting the function of terrestrial ecosystems (Copley 2000). Wetland ecosystem plays a very important role on control nitrogen deposition and global change. Depend on this study, long-term nitrogen deposition leads to changes in soil bacterial diversity and composition. With the increase of China’s population, the reduction of cultivated land, and the extensive use of chemical fertilizers, the functions of wetland ecosystems will change significantly. But at present, there are relatively few studies on wetlands, and the study on nitrogen deposition is even weaker. This is because wetlands, compared with ecosystems such as forests and grasslands, have special environments and seasonal or perennial water accumulation. Therefore, the study on wetlands in different locations and different seasons will vary greatly. Therefore, the study of soil microorganisms in wetland is a very complex and systematic project, and its research needs to be accumulated from all aspects, and should be infiltrated and joined by multiple disciplines. Under the background of increasing atmospheric nitrogen deposition, nitrogen deposition in Northeast of China will increase. Thus, carrying out research on the response of wetland soil bacterial community composition and structure to nitrogen deposition is helpful for studying the future climate change on wetland ecosystem pattern and functional stability.


In general, low nitrogen deposition can positively increase the α-diversity of soil bacteria and high nitrogen deposition can negatively decrease the α-diversity of soil bacteria in long-term nitrogen deposition in the Deyeuxia angustifolia wetland of the Sanjiang Plain. Soil NH4 and NO3 were key soil physicochemical properties affecting the soil Shannon diversity. PCoA indicated that LN significantly changed the structure of the soil bacterial community. Soil pH, SOC, TN, NH4, NO3, TP, and AP were significantly correlated with the structure of the soil bacterial communities of the HN and CK treatments. These results provide a theoretical basis that would facilitate the study of future climate change impacts on wetland ecosystem diversity and functional stability.

Materials and methods

Survey of the study area

The present study was conducted at the Sanjiang Plain Wetland Ecological Positioning Research Station of the Institute of Nature and Ecology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Heilongjiang (Fig. 5). The average annual temperature in this region is 1.9°C, the effective accumulated temperature above 10°C is 2165–2624°C, the annual precipitation is 585 mm (concentrated in 7–9 months), and the annual evaporation is 1166 mm. The wetland is dominated by Deyeuxia angustifolia, Glyceria spiculosa, Carex lasiocarpa, and Carex pseudocuraica. The main soil types are meadow marsh soil and peat marsh soil. The sample plot was located in a Deyeuxia angustifolia marsh meadow wetland. The water accumulated in the sample plot was concentrated in July and August, and the depth of the accumulated water was 10–20 cm (Fig. 7).

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Map of the research site in the Sanjiang Plain, China

Experimental design

This study employed a long-term simulated nitrogen deposition test platform at the Sanjiang Plain Wetland Ecological Positioning Research Station of the Institute of Nature and Ecology, Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences. The experiment began in 2010 and nine plots were established. The plots (6 m × 4 m) were separated by a one-meter buffer zone to prevent increased horizontal movement and lateral loss of N. Three levels of N fertilization were set, including the control (CK; 0 kg N hm-2·a-1), low nitrogen (LN; 40 kg N hm-2·a-1), and high nitrogen (HN; 80 kg N hm-2·a-1). Each treatment consisted of three replicates that were used for microbial analysis. For each fertilization event, NH4NO3 was first dissolved in pure water and then sprayed evenly on the target area. The same amount of pure water without nitrogen was sprayed in the control area. The treatments were applied once a month from May to October every year.

Soil sample collection and analysis

In June 2019, nine sampling sites were selected randomly to remove the litter layer, after which 0–20 cm of the surface soil layer was sampled using a 7-cm diameter soil drill. Three samples were taken from each site, after which they were mixed and sifted to remove fine roots and stones. The soil samples were then divided into two equal parts. One portion was dried to determine the physical and chemical properties of the soil, and the other was stored in a −20°C freezer for analysis of soil microorganisms. A fresh soil sample equal to 20 g of dry soil was then placed in a shaker, and 50 ml of 2 mol/l potassium chloride solution was added. The preparation was then left undisturbed for 2 h. The filtrate was used for the determination of ammonium nitrogen (indophenol blue colorimetric method) and nitrate-nitrogen (UV photometer method). A fresh soil sample with a mass equal to 5 g of dry soil was placed in a jar, after which 50 ml of deionized water was added. The filtrate was then shaken for 30 min. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) was determined using a Type Liqui-TOC II TOC analyzer, and the soil total carbon and total nitrogen were determined using a Vario MACRO CUBE analyzer. The air-dried soil was then passed through a 2-mm sieve and mixed with 25 ml of distilled water in a 50-ml beaker. The soil was stirred with a magnetic stirrer for 2 min and left undisturbed for 30 min. The pH value of the soil was measured with a Sartorius PB-10 pH meter. Total phosphorus was determined via sulfuric acid-perchloric acid dissolution anti-Mo-Sb colorimetry. Available phosphorus was determined by colorimetry using a 0.5 mol/l sodium bicarbonate antimony extract.

Soil DNA extraction

The total DNA of soil microorganisms was extracted using the QIAGEN DNeasy PowerSoil Pro Kit according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The bacterial 16S rRNA region was amplified using the 338F and 806R universal primers for the V3–V4 region of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. Each sample had a different 6 bp barcode primer at the 5′ end of primer to distinguish the different samples. The PCR amplification protocol consisted of an initial denaturation stage at 94°C for 10 min, followed by 30 cycles of 90°C for 60 s, 55°C for 60 s, and 72°C for 60 s, and finally 72°C for 10 min. The product was purified using the QIAquick PCR Purification Kit (QIAGEN). The PCR products of different samples were mixed and sequenced by BMC Biotechnology Co., Ltd., using an Illumina MiSeq sequencer.

Illumina high-throughput data processing

The raw sequences were processed using QIIME2. Forward and reverse reads were merged by using FLASH software (Caporaso et al. 2010). “Trim” was used to remove low-quality sequences with length less than 150 bp as well as a mean quality score less than 20 and sequences containing anonymous nucleotides (Bolger and Usadel 2014). The chimeric sequences were identified and removed with Uchime algorithm to obtain high-quality sequences (Edgar et al. 2011). The 97% similarity optimization sequence is divided into operable taxonomic units (OTU, Optional Taxonomic Units) through UPARSE (V.7.0.1090) for OTU cluster analysis. Operational taxonomic identities were determined using QIIME by executing the BLAST algorithm against sequences in the SILVA database (https: //www.arb-silva) (Schloss 2017). “” was used to calculate the Observed OTUs, Chao1, and Shannon index to reflect the α diversity of the bacterial community, then used “” to calculate the Bray-Curtis distance matrix to reflect the β diversity of the bacterial community.

Statistical analysis

One-way ANOVA was used to analyze the effects of different nitrogen deposition treatments on soil physical and chemical properties and microbial community structure and α diversity indices by using SPSS (19.0). Correlation analysis between soil physical and chemical properties and bacterial alpha diversity was conducted using SPSS (19.0). The results were considered statistically significant when P < 0.05. α and β diversity were performed using the “vegan” package in R. Principal coordinates analysis (PCoA) based on Bray-Curtis matrices was carried out to characterize the composition of the soil bacterial community using the “vegan” R package. PERMANOVA was used to evaluate the varieties in the community structure of soil bacteria with the function adonis in the “vegan” package in R (version 3.1; R Development Core and Team, 2015). Venn and Heatmap were performed in the “vegan” package in R based on OTU level (version 3.1; R Development Core and Team, 2015). Redundancy analysis (RDA) was used to elucidate the relationship between soil physical and chemical properties and microbial community composition.

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This work was funded by the Natural Sciences Foundation of Heilongjiang Province (LH2019C076, LH2020C088), the Special Project Foundation of the Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences (KY2021ZR01), and the Outstanding Youth Foundation of the Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences (CXJQ2019ZR01).

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Zhang, RT., Liu, YN., Zhong, HX. et al. Effects of simulated nitrogen deposition on the soil microbial community diversity of a Deyeuxia angustifolia wetland in the Sanjiang Plain, Northeastern China. Ann Microbiol 72, 11 (2022).

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