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Combinational effects of sulfomethoxazole and copper on soil microbial community and function

Liu, Aiju, Cao, Huansheng, Yang, Yan, Ma, Xiaoxuan, Liu, Xiao
Environmental science and pollution research international 2016 v.23 no.5 pp. 4235-4241
adverse effects, agricultural soils, antibiotics, bacteria, beta-glucosidase, copper, dose response, farms, feed additives, fertilizers, fungi, microbial biomass, phospholipid fatty acids, poultry, principal component analysis, proteinases, soil enzymes, soil microorganisms, soil sampling, sulfonamides, urease
Sulfonamides and Cu are largely used feed additives in poultry farm. Subsequently, they are spread onto agricultural soils together with contaminated manure used as fertilizer. Both sulfonamides and Cu affect the soil microbial community. However, an interactive effect of sulfonamides and Cu on soil microorganisms is not well understood. Therefore, a short-time microcosm experiment was conducted to investigate the interaction of veterinary antibiotic sulfomethoxazole (SMX) and Cu on soil microbial structure composition and functions. To this end, selected concentrations of SMX (0, 5, and 50 mg kg⁻¹) and Cu (0, 300, and 500 mg kg⁻¹) were combined, respectively. Clear dose-dependent effects of SMX on microbial biomass and basal respiration were determined, and these effects were amplified in the presence of additional Cu. For activities of soil enzymes including β-glucosidase, urease, and protease, clear reducing effects were determined in soil samples containing 5 or 50 mg kg⁻¹ of SMX, and the interaction of SMX and Cu was significant, particularly in soil samples containing 50 mg kg⁻¹ SMX or 500 mg kg⁻¹ Cu. SMX amendments, particularly in combination with Cu, significantly reduced amounts of the total, bacterial, and fungal phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) in soil. Moreover, the derived ratio of bacteria to fungi decreased significantly with incremental SMX and Cu, and principal component analysis of the PLFAs showed that soil microbial composition was significantly affected by SMX interacted with Cu at 500 mg kg⁻¹. All of these results indicated that the interaction of SMX and Cu was synergistic to amplify the negative effect of SMX on soil microbial biomass, structural composition, and even the enzymatic function.