Hongchen Jiang

Hongchen Jiang
China University of Geosciences · State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology

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The phylum Gemmatimonadota is widely distributed in various environments. However, their physiology, ecology and evolutionary history remain unknown, primary due to the limited cultured isolates and available genomes.
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The Qinghai-Tibetan lakes are experiencing water increase and salinity decrease due to climate warming. However, little is known about how the salinity decrease will affect the composition of autotrophic microbial populations and their carbon fixation pathways.
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The mineral-microbe interactions play important roles in environmental change, biogeochemical cycling of elements, and formation of ore deposits. Minerals provide both beneficial (physical and chemical protection, nutrients, and energy) and detrimental (toxic substances and oxidative pressure) effects to microbes, resulting in mineral-specific micr...
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The prevalence of arsenic (As)-affected groundwater in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene aquifers leads to serious arsenicosis worldwide. However, the geogenic foundational processes underlying the high As aquifers remain elusive. Here we present joint lines of evidences from chronological, sediment geochemical and geomicrobial analysis that climat...
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The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) is the highest plateau in the world, and its ultraviolet (UV) radiation is much greater than that of other regions in the world. Yellow mushroom (Floccularia luteovirens) is a unique and widely distributed edible fungus on the QTP. However, the molecular mechanism of F. luteovirens’s response to strong UV radiation r...
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NRFeOx microorganisms are globally distributed in various types of environments and play a vital role in iron transformation and nitrate and heavy metal removal. However, most known NRFeOx microorganisms were isolated from freshwater and marine environments, while their identity and activity under hypersaline conditions remain unknown.
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Water surface expansion of saline lakes usually causes the inundation of surrounding grassland, leading to the increase of terrestrial grass organic matter (OM) input to the lakes and the decrease of lake salinity. However, the influence of terrestrial grass OM input increase and salinity decrease on organic carbon mineralization and microbial comm...
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Continuous cropping often leads to an unbalanced soil microbial community, which in turn negatively affects soil functions. However, systematic research of how these effects impact the bacterial composition, microbial functional traits, and soil metabolites is lacking. In the present study, the rhizosphere soil samples of Tibetan barley continuousl...
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Denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation (DAMO) plays an important role in the element cycle of wetlands. In recent years, the content of antibiotics in wetlands has gradually increased due to human activities. However, the impact of antibiotics on the ecological function of DAMO remains unclear. Here we studied the influence of three high-content...
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Ecological consequences of the increased input of allochthonous and autochthonous organic matter (OM) remains unknown in saline lakes. Here, we reported microbial mineralization of algal and grass OM (represented by autochthonous and allochthonous OM, respectively) in lake sediments with different salinity (1, 40, and 120 g L⁻¹). The addition of al...
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The molecular composition of dissolved organic matter (DOM) is of great importance to understanding of carbon cycling in lakes. However, such information remains unknown in saline lakes. Here, DOM molecular compositions and microbial community structures were investigated in saline lakes with a full range of salinity from freshwater to hypersaline....
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The distribution of nitrite- and N2O-reducing bacteria is key to potential N2O emission from lakes. However, such information in highland saline lakes remains unknown. Here, we investigated the abundance and community composition of nitrite- and N2O-reducing bacteria in the sediments of six saline lakes on the Qing-Tibetan Plateau. These studied la...
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The synergy of environmental and microbiological changes caused by hydrologic management on carbon emissions of river reservoirs remains unknown. Here, we investigated physiochemistry parameters, compositions of dissolved organic matter (DOM), carbon fluxes (CH4 and CO2), and microbial communities in the surface waters of the Three Gorges Reservoir...
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The haloalkalitolerant bacterium Egicoccus halophilus EGI 80432T exhibits high adaptability to saline–alkaline environment. The salinity adaptation mechanism of E. halophilus EGI 80432T was fully understood based on transcriptome analyses and physiological responses; however, the alkaline response mechanism has not yet been investigated. Here, we i...
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Bioretention systems are environmentally friendly measures to control the amount of water and pollutants in urban stormwater runoff, and their treatment performance for inorganic N strongly depends on various microbial processes. However, microbial responses to variations of N mass reduction in bioretention systems are complex and poorly understood...
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A novel Gram-staining negative, crescent-like or rod-shaped, non-motile bacterium, designated strain CUG 91378 T, was isolated from a sediment sample of Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Province, China. The strain was red-colored, and catalase- and oxidase-positive. Strain CUG 91378 T was able to grow at 15–37 °C (optimum, 28 °C), pH 7–9 (pH 7.0) and in the p...
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“Candidatus Aenigmarchaeota” (“Ca. Aenigmarchaeota”) represents one of the earliest proposed evolutionary branches within the Diapherotrites, Parvarchaeota, Aenigmarchaeota, Nanoarchaeota, and Nanohaloarchaeota (DPANN) superphylum. However, their ecological roles and potential host-symbiont interactions are still poorly understood. Here, eight meta...
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Morchella is a genus of fungi with the ability to concentrate Cd both in the fruit-body and mycelium. However, the molecular mechanisms conferring resistance to Cd stress in Morchella are unknown. Here, RNA-based transcriptomic sequencing was used to identify the genes and pathways involved in Cd tolerance in Morchella spongiola. 7444 differentiall...
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Endophytes associated with halophytes may contribute to the host’s adaptation to adverse environmental conditions through improving their stress tolerance and protecting them from various soil-borne pathogens. In this study, the diversity and antifungal activity of endophytic bacteria associated with halophytic samples growing on the shore of the w...
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Investigating the distribution of hydrogen-producing bacteria (HPB) is of great significance to understanding the source of biological hydrogen production in geothermal environments. Here, we explored the compositions of HPB populations in the sediments of hot springs from the Daggyai, Quzhuomu, Quseyongba, and Moluojiang geothermal zones on the Ti...
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Carbon fixation by chemoautotrophic microbes such as homoacetogens had a major impact on the transition from the inorganic to the organic world. Recent reports have shown the presence of genes for key enzymes associated with the Wood–Ljungdahl pathway (WLP) in the phylum Actinobacteria, which adds to the diversity of potential autotrophs. Here, we...
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Dams represent the most significant anthropogenic disturbance to global rivers. Previous studies have shown that free-living and particle-attached microbes exhibited differentially in river and reservoir ecosystems. However, little is known about the dam’s effect on their co-occurrence patterns. Here, a random matrix theory (RMT)-based network appr...
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Turnover of soil organic carbon (SOC) is strongly affected by a balance between mineral protection and microbial degradation. However, the mechanisms controlling the heterogeneous and preferential adsorption of different types of SOC remain elusive. In this work, the heterogeneous adsorption of humic substances (HSs) and microbial carbon (MC) on a...
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Geothermal environments, such as hot springs and hydrothermal vents, are hotspots for carbon cycling and contain many poorly described microbial taxa. Here, we reconstructed 15 archaeal metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) from terrestrial hot spring sediments in China and deep-sea hydrothermal vent sediments in Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California. Ph...
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Sumerlaeota is a mysterious, putative phylum-level lineage distributed globally but rarely reported. As such, their physiology, ecology, and evolutionary history remain unknown. The 16S rRNA gene survey reveals that Sumerlaeota is frequently detected in diverse environments globally, especially cold arid desert soils and deep-sea basin surface sedi...
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The distribution and diversity of sulfate/sulfite reduction prokaryotic (SRP) communities in hot springs from the Quzhuomu and Daggyai Geothermal Zone of Tibetan, China, was reported for the first time. In hot springs that are naturally hyperthermal and anoxic, the sulfur cycle is one of the most active cycles of the elements. The distribution of S...
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Organic and inorganic materials migrate downstream and have important roles in regulating environmental health in the river networks. However, it remains unclear whether and how a mixture of materials (i.e., microbial species) from various upstream habitats contribute to microbial community coalescence upstream of a dam. Here we track the spatial v...
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There is limited knowledge of microbial carbon fixation rate, and carbon-fixing microbial abundance and diversity in saline lakes. In this study, the inorganic carbon uptake rates and carbon-fixing microbial populations were investigated in the surface sediments of lakes with a full range of salinity from freshwater to salt saturation. The results...
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Alpine regions are changing rapidly due to loss of snow and ice in response to ongoing climate change. While studies have documented ecological responses in alpine lakes and streams to these changes, our ability to predict such outcomes is limited. We propose that the application of fundamental rules of life can help develop necessary predictive fr...
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A non-motile, Gram-staining negative, catalase- and oxidase-positive, crescent-rod shaped bacterium, designated strain CUG 91308 T , was isolated from a sediment sample of Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Province, China. Colonies on OSM agar were round, smooth, flat and pinkish-orange in colour. Strain CUG 91308 T could grow at 15–37 °C, pH 6–12 and in the p...
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s Understanding the biogeochemical processes controlling arsenic (As) mobilization under bacterial sulfate reduction (BSR) in aquifer sediments is essential for the remediation of high As groundwater. Here, we conducted microcosm experiments with shallow aquifer sediments from the Jianghan Plain (central Yangtze River Basin) under the stimulation o...
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Alpine regions are changing rapidly due to loss of snow and ice in response to ongoing climate change. While studies have documented ecological responses in alpine lakes and streams to these changes, our ability to predict such outcomes is limited. We propose that the application of fundamental rules of life can help develop necessary predictive fr...
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The perplexity of the complex multispecies community interactions is one of the many reasons why majority of the microorganisms are still uncultivated. We analyzed the entire co-occurrence networks between the OTUs of Tibet and Yunnan hot spring samples, and found that less abundant OTUs such as genus Tepidimonas (relative abundant <1%) had high-de...
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Temporal variations and co-occurrence patterns of the prokaryotic community in saline lakes remain elusive. In this study, we investigated the temporal variations of the prokaryotic community in six lakes with different salinity by using Illumina sequencing. The results showed that prokaryotic community compositions exhibited temporal variations in...
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Priming effects (PEs) and their associated microbial drivers are not well studied in lake sediments. Here, we investigated PEs and underlying potential microbial drivers in the sediments of lakes on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP). Sediments were collected from three QTP lakes with different salinity, followed by microcosm construction and subseq...
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There is limited knowledge about how microbiome develops along the geochemical and mineralogical change in onshore soils derived from continuous desiccation of lakes. In this study, geochemistry and mineralogy were studied in the Aral Sea onshore soils exposed in different periods (from the 1970s to 2018), followed by microbial analyses on the stud...
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Geothermal hot springs, widely distributed on Earth, are important geological greenhouse gas sources which contribute large amounts of CO2 emission to the atmosphere. Exploring microbial carbon fixation in these springs is vital to fully understand the carbon budget in these terrestrial aquatic systems. In this study, carbon fixation rate by photos...
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Uncovering microbial response to salinization or desalinization is of great importance to understanding of the influence of global climate change on lacustrine microbial ecology. In this study, to simulate salinization and desalinization, sediments from Erhai Lake (salinity 0.3–0.8 g/L) and Chaka Lake (salinity 299.3–350.7 g/L) on the Qinghai–Tibet...
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Lakes receive large amounts of terrestrially derived dissolved organic matter (tDOM). However, little is known about how aquatic microbial communities interact with tDOM in lakes. Here, by performing microcosm experiments we investigated how microbial community responded to tDOM influx in six Tibetan lakes of different salinities (ranging from 1 to...
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Two novel strains, designated SYSU L10167T and SYSU L10180T, were isolated from sediment sampled at Dabancheng saline lake in Xinjiang, PR China. A polyphasic approach was used to clarify the taxonomic positions of the two strains. Cells of the isolates were curved ring-like, horseshoe-shaped or rod-shaped, non-motile and non-spore-forming. Cells w...
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Bacterial sulfate reduction (BSR) plays a vital but complex role in regulating groundwater arsenic concentration. A quarterly hydro-biogeochemical investigation was conducted to clarify how BSR participated in arsenic dynamics in the geogenic As-contaminated alluvial aquifers of the Jianghan Plain, central Yangtze River Basin. Anthropogenic input o...
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Background: ‘Ca. Aenigmarchaeota’ represents an evolutionary branch within the DPANN superphylum. However, their ecological roles and potential host-symbiont interactions are poorly understood. Results: Here, we analyze eight metagenomic-assembled genomes from hot spring habitats and reveal their functional potentials. Although they have limited me...
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There is limited knowledge on the relative influences of deterministic and stochastic processes on prokaryotic and fungal communities in lake sediments. In this study, we surveyed the prokaryotic and fungal community compositions and their influencing factors in 23 surface sediments from six lakes on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) with the use o...
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Background Autotrophic prokaryotes are crucial participants in the global carbon cycle, and autotrophic carbon fixation contributes approximately 50% of the global net primary production in aquatic ecosystems per year. Salinity is a prominent regulator structuring microbial communities in diverse aquatic ecosystems. However, little information is a...
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How a virus survives in the arms race with its host is an intriguing question. In this study, we isolated and characterized four novel fuselloviruses, named Sulfolobus spindle-shaped viruses 19 to 22 (SSV19-22). Interestingly, SSV20-22 differ primarily in two genomic regions and are apparently convertible through homologous recombination during coi...
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The rhizosphere is arguably the most complex microbial habitat on earth, comprising an integrated network of plant roots, soil and a highly diverse microbial community (the rhizosphere microbiome)1. Understanding, predicting and controlling plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere will allow us to harness the plant microbiome as a means to inc...
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Limited is known about onshore microbial contribution to the microbial communities in nearby lakes and its response to salinity. In this study, transplanting experiments were established by caging onshore soils with dialysis bags followed by in-situ 50-day incubation in nearby lakes with different salinity on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. At the end...
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Gas Hure salt lake (GHSL) in the northwestern Qaidam Basin is rich in boron (B) resources, but its B resource origin is rarely known. This study presents hydrochemical compositions and B isotope characteristics of different waters collected around the GHSL, including the river water, stream water, spring water, salt lake brine, intercrystalline bri...
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Pathogenic bacteria are frequently detected in groundwater. However, little is known about the abundance and diversity of potentially pathogenic bacteria and their influencing factors in the groundwater of the Jianghan Plain (JHP), one of the most densely habited areas in central China. Here, we investigated the diversity and abundance of potential...
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Despite recent interest in microbial diversity and community structure of lakes across various spatial scales, a global biogeographic distribution pattern and its controlling factors have not been fully disclosed. Here, we compiled and analyzed 88,334,735 environmental 16S rRNA sequences from 431 lakes across a wide range of geographical distance a...
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The eBook is the product of a partnership between the Norwegian Eurasia Program and the China Silk Road Program. At the present, our knowledge on microbiology and biogeochemistry from Eurasian (hyper)saline and thermal ecosystems is limited. Such information is essential to the field and contributes to a comprehensive understanding of microbial met...
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The Yiyuan hominin fossil site is one of the few localities in China where a partial skullcap and several loose teeth of Homo erectus have been discovered. Yiyuan was previously assigned broadly to the Middle Pleistocene by biostratigraphical correlation and ESR/U-series dating. Here, we report the first application of a radio-isotopic dating metho...
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N-alkane-based proxies are widely employed to reconstruct paleoclimate and paleoenvironment in lacustrine environments. However, little is known about the influence of microbially mediated alkane-degradation on n-alkane-derived proxies. In this study, the chemical composition of n-alkanes and microbially mediated n-alkane degradation potential were...
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Several abundant but yet uncultivated bacterial groups exist in extreme iron- and sulfur-rich environments, and the physiology, biodiversity, and ecological roles of these bacteria remain a mystery. Here we retrieved four metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) from an artificial acid mine drainage (AMD) system, and propose they belong to a new deltapr...
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Determining the temporal variation of microbial communities in groundwater systems is essential to improve our understanding of hydrochemical dynamics in aquifers, particularly as it relates to the fate of redox-sensitive contaminants like arsenic (As). Therefore, a high-resolution hydrobiogeochemical investigation was conducted in the As-affected...