Diversity and Function of Bacterial Assemblages in Savanna Vegetation Soils

  • Elisa Caldeira Pires Catão
  • Fabyano Alvares Cardoso Lopes
  • Maria Regina Silveira Sartori da Silva
  • Renata Henrique Santana
  • Mercedes Maria da Cunha Bustamante
  • Ricardo Henrique KrügerEmail author
Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 1)


Savannas can be found in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The Cerrado is a vast savanna located mainly in the central region of Brazil. Although, Cerrado ecosystems are similar in vegetation structure, differences in soil characteristics influence the microbiota. Throughout the world savannas are rapidly being converted to agricultural and urban uses, altering physical and chemical properties of the soil, as well as microbial diversity through changes in bacterial and fungal richness, community structure, and activity. The studies addressed in this review describe soil microbial communities present in Cerrado ecosystems, which are dominated by Acidobacteria, Proteobacteria, and Actinobacteria. We highlight the importance of microbial communities to ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling, regulation of biogeochemical processes, and contribution to net primary production. Sustainable development based on the use of natural resources requires a better understanding of the microbial processes and genetic resources in this biome.


Microbial Community Microbial Biomass Soil Microbial Community Conventional Tillage Soil Bacterial Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisa Caldeira Pires Catão
    • 2
  • Fabyano Alvares Cardoso Lopes
    • 2
  • Maria Regina Silveira Sartori da Silva
    • 3
  • Renata Henrique Santana
    • 4
  • Mercedes Maria da Cunha Bustamante
    • 3
  • Ricardo Henrique Krüger
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Cellular BiologyUniversity of BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Cellular Biology, Program of Microbial BiologyUniversity of BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil
  3. 3.Department of EcologyUniversity of BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil
  4. 4.Genomic Sciences and Biotechnology ProgramCatholic University of BrasíliaBrasiliaBrazil

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