Microbial Ecology

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 102–112 | Cite as

Biological Invasion Influences the Outcome of Plant-Soil Feedback in the Invasive Plant Species from the Brazilian Semi-arid

  • Tancredo Augusto Feitosa de SouzaEmail author
  • Leonaldo Alves de Andrade
  • Helena Freitas
  • Aline da Silva Sandim
Soil Microbiology


Plant-soil feedback is recognized as the mutual interaction between plants and soil microorganisms, but its role on the biological invasion of the Brazilian tropical seasonal dry forest by invasive plants still remains unclear. Here, we analyzed and compared the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) communities and soil characteristics from the root zone of invasive and native plants, and tested how these AMF communities affect the development of four invasive plant species (Cryptostegia madagascariensis, Parkinsonia aculeata, Prosopis juliflora, and Sesbania virgata). Our field sampling revealed that AMF diversity and frequency of the Order Diversisporales were positively correlated with the root zone of the native plants, whereas AMF dominance and frequency of the Order Glomerales were positively correlated with the root zone of invasive plants. We grew the invasive plants in soil inoculated with AMF species from the root zone of invasive (I changed) and native (I unaltered) plant species. We also performed a third treatment with sterilized soil inoculum (control). We examined the effects of these three AMF inoculums on plant dry biomass, root colonization, plant phosphorous concentration, and plant responsiveness to mycorrhizas. We found that I unaltered and I changed promoted the growth of all invasive plants and led to a higher plant dry biomass, mycorrhizal colonization, and P uptake than control, but I changed showed better results on these variables than I unaltered. For plant responsiveness to mycorrhizas and fungal inoculum effect on plant P concentration, we found positive feedback between changed-AMF community (I changed) and three of the studied invasive plants: C. madagascariensis, P. aculeata, and S. virgata.


Biological invasion Arbuscular mychorrizal fungi Brazilian seasonal tropical dry forest Soil available phosphorus Glomeromycota Cryptostegia madagascariensis Prosopis juliflora Parkinsonia aculeata Sesbania virgata 



Special thanks to Joana Costa and Susana Rodriguez-Echeverría for the valuable discussions and checking of English grammar. The authors also thank the two anonymous reviewers for the helpful comments, which greatly improved a previous version of the manuscript.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tancredo Augusto Feitosa de Souza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Leonaldo Alves de Andrade
    • 1
  • Helena Freitas
    • 2
  • Aline da Silva Sandim
    • 3
  1. 1.Agrarian Science Center, Department of Soils and Rural EngineeringFederal University of ParaíbaAreiaBrazil
  2. 2.Centre for Functional Ecology, Department of Life SciencesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Soil and Environmental ResourcesUniversity of São PauloSao PauloBrazil

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