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      Soil Metatranscriptomes Under Long-Term Experimental Warming and Drying: Fungi Allocate Resources to Cell Metabolic Maintenance Rather Than Decay

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          Earth’s temperature is rising, and with this increase, fungal communities are responding and affecting soil carbon processes. At a long-term soil-warming experiment in a boreal forest in interior Alaska, warming and warming-associated drying alters the function of microbes, and thus, decomposition of carbon. But what genetic mechanisms and resource allocation strategies are behind these community shifts and soil carbon changes? Here, we evaluate fungal resource allocation efforts under long-term experimental warming (including associated drying) using soil metatranscriptomics. We profiled resource allocation efforts toward decomposition and cell metabolic maintenance, and we characterized community composition. We found that under the warming treatment, fungi allocate resources to cell metabolic maintenance at the expense of allocating resources to decomposition. In addition, we found that fungal orders that house taxa with stress-tolerant traits were more abundant under the warmed treatment compared to control conditions. Our results suggest that the warming treatment elicits an ecological tradeoff in resource allocation in the fungal communities, with potential to change ecosystem-scale carbon dynamics. Fungi preferentially invest in mechanisms that will ensure survival under warming and drying, such as cell metabolic maintenance, rather than in decomposition. Through metatranscriptomes, we provide mechanistic insight behind the response of fungi to climate change and consequences to soil carbon processes.

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                Front Microbiol
                Front Microbiol
                Front. Microbiol.
                Frontiers in Microbiology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                20 August 2019
                : 10
                1Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine , Irvine, CA, United States
                2Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education , Ensenada, Mexico
                3Department of Medical Innovation, Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education , Ensenada, Mexico
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                Edited by: Martin Hartmann, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

                Reviewed by: Petr Baldrian, Institute of Microbiology of the ASCR, Czechia; Ivano Brunner, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland

                *Correspondence: Adriana L. Romero-Olivares, Adriana.RomeroOlivares@ ; adrilu.romero@

                This article was submitted to Terrestrial Microbiology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Microbiology

                Copyright © 2019 Romero-Olivares, Meléndrez-Carballo, Lago-Lestón and Treseder.

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                Microbiology & Virology

                cog, tradeoff, fungi, soil carbon, decomposition, global warming, cazy, metatranscriptome


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