Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 74, Issue 2, pp 1343–1352 | Cite as

Characteristic microbial communities in the continuous permafrost beside the bitumen in Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

  • Nan JiangEmail author
  • Yang Li
  • Chenggang Zheng
  • Lijun Chen
  • Kai Wei
  • Jiao Feng
  • Jihui Tian
Original Article


Although research on microorganisms in the global ecosystem has considerably increased, there is still incomplete understanding of the microbial communities in alpine permafrost due to the inaccessibility. In this study, the microbial composition and diversity in the continuous permafrost beside the bitumen in the Qiangtang basin (CPBQ) was investigated by 454 pyrosequencing. Among the bacterial communities, the phylum Actinobacteria was dominant, ranging from 33.42 to 48.04 %, followed by Proteobacteria and Acidobacteria. In addition to the three characteristic phyla, Planctomycetes, Chloroflexi, and Nitrospirae were also important in the CPBQ. Crenarchaeota, especially the ammonia-oxidizing archaea Soil Crenarchaeotic Group (SCG), was the main archaea in the CPBQ. Moreover, four fungal phyla, Ascomycota, Mucoromycotina, Chytridiomycota and Glomeromycota, were detected in the CPBQ. Mortierella, Fusarium, and Tetracladium were the main genera. On the average, the proportion of No_rank and unclassified sequences in bacteria and fungi were high at low taxonomic levels, which could extend the list of extreme environmental microbial candidate divisions. The demonstrations of the microbial communities in the CPBQ could provide key data to improve the knowledge of microbes in the terrestrial extreme environments.


Microbial communities Permafrost Pyrosequencing Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau 



This work was supported by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC Grant #31100061).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nan Jiang
    • 1
  • Yang Li
    • 2
  • Chenggang Zheng
    • 3
  • Lijun Chen
    • 1
  • Kai Wei
    • 1
  • Jiao Feng
    • 1
  • Jihui Tian
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology, Institute of Applied EcologyChinese Academy of SciencesShenyangChina
  2. 2.Tianjin Institute of Industrial BiotechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesTianjinChina
  3. 3.Petroleum Exploration and Production Research Institute, SinopecBeijingChina

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