Effects of Vineyard Agro-management Practices on Soil Bacterial Community Composition, and Diversity

Yosef Steinberger, Tirza Doniger, Itaii Applebaum, Chen Sherman, Nativ Rotbart

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Changes in land use strongly affect soil biological and physico-chemical structure and characteristics, which are strongly related to agricultural conversion of natural habitats to man-made usage. These are among the most important and not always beneficial changes, affecting loss of habitats. In Golan Heights basaltic soils, vineyards are currently a driving force in land-use change. Such changes could have an important effect on soil microbial community that play an important role in maintaining stable functioning of soil ecosystems. This study investigated the microbial communities in five different agro-managements using molecular tools that can clarify the differences in microbial community structure and function. Significant differences in soil microbial community composition were found. However, no differences in alpha diversity or functionality were found between the treatments. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report indicating that the bacterial community in different agro-managements provide an insight into the potential function of a vineyard system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17
JournalMicrobial Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 19 Dec 2023

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© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


We would like to thank Ido Bar from the Merom Golan vineyard, and Steve Applebaum from the Ortal vineyard, for kindly allowing us to use their vineyard for our study providing us with relevant information and to Mrs. May Levi who contributed with molecular work on soil samples. This research was sponsored by the Grapevine Council in Israel and by the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Life Sciences by providing funds for a M.Sc. student activity.

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Grapevine Council in Israel
Bar-Ilan University


    • Microbial community
    • Microbial community function
    • Soil bacteria
    • Viticulture


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