Doctor Jun-Tao Wang

Juntao WangJun-Tao Wang was awarded a Research Support Program Fellowship in 2021. His research centres on Bushfire Research: Soil Biodiversity.

Jun-Tao joined HIE in June 2019 as a research fellow within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme. He is interested in the ecology of microbial community, including their biogeography, functional traits and theoretical interpretation. Jun-Tao finished his PhD in the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he used statistical and NGS-based molecular approaches to study the biogeographic patterns of soil bacterial and fungal taxa in forest and grassland ecosystems. Then he extended his study from taxonomy to functions, by combing the metagenomic output with the ecological strategy of microbes.

Awards and recognition

  • Research Support Program Fellow (Level B) - Bushfire Research: Soil Biodiversity (4 yrs), 2021

Current Project Grants

Soil biological mechanisms underpinning the effects of biological amendments on soil health, productivity and resilience
Co-Researchers: Brajesh Singh (WSU), Lynette Abbott, Sasha Jenkins, Nanthi Bolan,  Kadambot Siddique, Zakaria Solaiman, Bede Mickan, Marit Kragt, Louise Barton and Matthias Leopold (UWA) and Petra Marschner (Uni Adelaide)
Partner/Funding Body: Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment via the National Soil Science Challenge [via UWA]
Period: 2022-2025

Novel bio-based and agronomic solutions for effective management of key root pathogens
Co-Researchers: Brajesh Singh, Eleonora Egidi, and Catriona Macdonald
Partner/funding body: Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre
Period: 2022-2026


2017-2019, NSFC, Soil microbial traits along elevational gradient on Mt Wuzhi in Hainan, (c.a. $40,000)

Selected Publications

Eldridge DJ, Guirado E, Reich PB, Ochoa-Hueso R, Berdugo M, Sáez-Sandino T, Blanco-Pastor JL, Tedersoo L, Plaza C, Ding J, Sun W, Mamet S, Cui H, He J-Z, Hu H-W, Sokoya B, Abades S, Alfaro F, Bamigboye AR, Bastida F, de los Ríos A, Durán J, Gaitan JJ, Guerra CA, Grebenc T, Illán JG, Liu Y-R, Makhalanyane TP, Mallen-Cooper M, Molina-Montenegro MA, Moreno JL, Nahberger TU, Peñaloza-Bojacá GF, Picó S, Rey A, Rodríguez A, Siebe C, Teixido AL, Torres-Díaz C, Trivedi P, Wang J, Wang L, Wang J, Yang T, Zaady E, Zhou X, Zhou X-Q, Zhou G, Liu S, Delgado-Baquerizo M, 'The global contribution of soil mosses to ecosystem services', Nature Geoscience, vol.16, no.5, pp 430 - 438

Liu H, Hall MA, Brettell LE, Wang J, Halcroft M, Nacko S, Spooner-Hart R, Cook JM, Riegler M, Singh B, (2023) 'Microbial diversity in stingless bee gut is linked to host wing size and influenced by the environment', Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, vol.198, p 107909

Liu H, Zhang H, Powell J, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Wang J-T, Singh B, (2023) 'Warmer and drier ecosystems select for smaller bacterial genomes in global soils', iMeta, vol.2, no.1, e70

Lopezosa P, Berdugo M, Morales-Marquez J, Pastor E, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Bonet A, Wang JT, Singh BK, Soliveres S, (2023) 'On the relative importance of resource availability and habitat connectivity as drivers of soil biodiversity in Mediterranean ecosystems', Journal of Ecology, vol.111, no.7, pp 1455-1467

Zhang JW, Feng YZ, Maestre FT, Berdugo M, Wang JT, Coleine C, Saez-Sandino T, Garcia-Velazquez L, Singh BK, Delgado-Baquerizo M, (2023) 'Water availability creates global thresholds in multidimensional soil biodiversity and functions', Nature Ecology & evolution, vol.7, no.7, pp 1002-1011

Bahadori M, Wang JT, Shen JP, Lewis S, Rashti MR, Chen CR, (2022) 'Soil organic matter and geochemical characteristics shape microbial community composition and structure across different land uses in an Australian wet tropical catchment', Land Degradation & Development, vol.33, no.6, pp 817-831

Bazany KE, Wang JT, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Singh BK, Trivedi P, (2022) 'Water deficit affects inter-kingdom microbial connections in plant rhizosphere', Environmental Microbiology, vol.24, no.8, pp 3722-3734

Cano-Díaz C, Maestre FT, Wang J, Li J, Singh BK, Ochoa V, Gozalo B, Delgado-Baquerizo M, (2022) 'Effects of vegetation on soil cyanobacterial communities through time and space', New Phytologist, vol.234, no.2, pp 435 - 448

Dacal M, Garcia-Palacios P, Asensio S, Wang JT, Singh BK, Maestre FT, (2022) 'Climate change legacies contrastingly affect the resistance and resilience of soil microbial communities and multifunctionality to extreme drought', Functional Ecology, vol.36, no.4, pp 908-920

Feng Y, Zhang J, Berdugo M, Guirado CA, Egidi E, Wang J, Singh BK, Delgado-Baquerizo M, (2022) 'Temperature thresholds drive the global distribution of soil fungal decomposers', Global Change Biology, vol.28, no.8, pp 2779 - 2789

Guerra CA, Berdugo M, Eldridge DJ, Eisenhauer N, Singh BK, Cui H, Abades S, Alfaro FD, Bamigboye AR, Bastida F, Blanco-Pastor JL, de los Rios A, Duran J, Grebenc T, Illan JG, Liu YR, Makhalanyane TP, Mamet S, Molina-Montenegro MA, Moreno JL, Mukherjee A, Nahberger TU, Penaloza-Bojaca GF, Plaza C, Pico S, Verma JP, Rey A, Rodriguez A, Tedersoo L, Teixido AL, Torres-Diaz C, Trivedi P, Wang J, Wang L, Wang J, Zaady E, Zhou X, Zhou XQ, Delgado-Baquerizo M, (2022) 'Global hotspots for soil nature conservation', Nature, vol.610, no.7933, pp 693-698

Jayaramaiah RH, Egidi E, Macdonald CA, Wang JT, Jeffries TC, Megharaj M, Singh BK, (2022) ‘Soil initial bacterial diversity and nutrient availability determine the rate of xenobiotic biodegradation’, Microbial Biotechnology, vol.15, no.1, pp 318–336

Kaur S, Egidi E, Qiu Z, Macdonald CA, Verma JP, Trivedi P, Wang J, Liu H, Singh BK, (2022) 'Synthetic community improves crop performance and alters rhizosphere microbial communities', Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment,  vol.1, no.2, pp 118-131

Li J, Cui LJ, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Wang JT, Zhu YN, Wang RM, Li W, Lei YR, Zhai XJ, Zhao XS, Singh BK, (2022) 'Fungi drive soil multifunctionality in the coastal salt marsh ecosystem', Science of the Total Environment, vol.818, Article no.151673

Liu S, García-Palacios P, Tedersoo L, Guirado E, van der Heijden MGA, Wagg C, Chen D, Wang Q, Wang J, Singh BK, Delgado-Baquerizo M, (2022) 'Phylotype diversity within soil fungal functional groups drives ecosystem stability', Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol.6, no.7, pp 900-909

Maestre FT, Le Bagousse-Pinguet Y, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Eldridge DJ, Saiz H, Berdugo M, Gozalo B, Ochoa V, Guirado E, García-Gómez M, Valencia E, Gaitán JJ, Asensio S, Mendoza BJ, Plaza C, Díaz-Martínez P, Rey A, Hu H-W, He J-Z, Wang J-T, Lehmann A, Rillig MC, Cesarz S, Eisenhauer N, Martínez-Valderrama J, Moreno-Jiménez E, Sala O, Abedi M, Ahmadian N, Alados CL, Aramayo V, Amghar F, Arredondo T, Ahumada RJ, Bahalkeh K, Salem FB, Blaum N, Boldgiv B, Bowker MA, Bran D, Bu C, Canessa R, Castillo-Monroy AP, Castro H, Castro I, Castro-Quezada P, Chibani R, Conceição AA, Currier CM, Darrouzet-Nardi A, Deák B, Donoso DA, Dougill AJ, Durán J, Erdenetsetseg B, Espinosa CI, Fajardo A, Farzam M, Ferrante D, Frank ASK, Fraser LH, Gherardi LA, Greenville AC, Guerra CA, Gusmán-Montalvan E, Hernández-Hernández RM, Hölzel N, Huber-Sannwald E, Hughes FM, Jadán-Maza O, Jeltsch F, Jentsch A, Kaseke KF, Köbel M, Koopman JE, Leder CV, Linstädter A, le Roux PC, Li X, Liancourt P, Liu J, Louw MA, Maggs-Kölling G, Makhalanyane TP, Malam Issa O, Manzaneda AJ, Marais E, Mora JP, Moreno G, Munson SM, Nunes A, Oliva G, Oñatibia GR, Peter G, Pivari MOD, Pueyo Y, Quiroga RE, Rahmanian S, Reed SC, Rey PJ, Richard B, Rodríguez A, Rolo V, Rubalcaba JG, Ruppert JC, Salah A, Schuchardt MA, Spann S, Stavi I, Stephens CRA, Swemmer AM, Teixido AL, Thomas AD, Throop HL, Tielbörger K, Travers S, Val J, Valkó O, vanden Brink L, Velasco Ayuso S, Velbert F, Wamiti W, Wang D, Wang L, Wardle GM, Yahdjian L, Zaady E, Zhang Y, Zhou X, Singh BK, Gross N, (2022) 'Grazing and ecosystem service delivery inglobal drylands', Science, vol.378, no.6622, pp 915-920

Qiu Z, Verma JP, Liu H, Wang J, Batista BD, Kaur S, de Araujo Pereira, AP, Macdonald CA, Trivedi P, Weaver T, Conaty WC, Tissue DT, Singh BK, (2022) 'Response of the plant core microbiome to Fusarium oxysporum infection and identification of the pathobiome', Environmental Microbiology, vol.24, no.10, pp 4652 - 4669

Wang J-T, Zhang Y-B, Xiao Q, Zhang L-M, (2022) 'Archaea is more important than bacteria in driving soil stoichiometry in phosphorus deficient habitats', Science of the Total Environment, vol.827, Article no.154417

Delgado-Baquerizo M, Eldridge DJ, Liu Y-R, Sokoya B, Wang J-T, Hu H-W, He J-Z, Bastida F, Moreno JL, Bamigboye AR, Blanco-Pastor JL, Cano-Diáz C, Illán JG, Makhalanyane TP, Siebe C, Trivedi P, Zaady E, Verma JP, Wang L, Wang J, Grebenc T, Peñaloza-Bojacá GF, Nahberger TU, Teixido AL, Zhou X-Q, Berdugo M, Duran J, Rodríguez A, Zhou X, Alfaro F, Abades S, Plaza C, Rey A, Singh BK,Tedersoo L, Fierer N, (2021) 'Global homogenization of the structure and function in the soil microbiome of urban greenspaces', Science Advances, vol.7, no.28, Article no.eabg5809

Fernandez-Alonso MJ, Rodriguez A, Garcia-Velazquez L, Dos Santos E, de Almeida L, Lafuente A, Wang JT, Singh B, Fangueiro D, Duran J, (2021) 'Integrative effects of increasing aridity and biotic cover on soil attributes and functioning in coastal dune ecosystems', Geoderma, vol.390, Article no.114952

Le Bagousse-Pinguet Y, Gross N, Saiz H, Maestre FT, Ruiz S, Dacal M, Asensio S, Ochoa V, Gozalo B, Cornelissen JHC, Deschamps L, Garcia C, Maire V, Milla R, Salinas N, Wang JT, Singh BK, Garcia-Palacios P, (2021) 'Functional rarity and evenness are key facets of biodiversity to boost multifunctionality', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol.118, no.7, Article no.e2019355118

Li J, Cui L, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Wang J, Zhu Y, Wang R, Li W, Lei Y, Zhai X, Zhao X, Singh BK, (2021) 'Fungi drive soil multifunctionality in the coastal salt marsh ecosystem', Science of the Total Environment, Article no.151673

Liu YR, Eldridge DJ, Zeng XM, Wang JT, Singh BK, Delgado-Baquerizo M, (2021) 'Global diversity and ecological drivers of lichenised soil fungi', New Phytologist, vol.231, no.3, pp 1210-1219

Pereira APD, Santana MC, Zagatto MRG, Brandani CB, Wang JT, Verma JP, Singh BK, Cardoso EJBN, (2021) 'Nitrogen-fixing trees in mixed forest systems regulate the ecology of fungal community and phosphorus cycling', Science of the Total Environment, vol.758, Article no.143711

Santana MC, Pereira APDA, de Souza AJ, Zagatto MRG, de Araujo VLVP, Wang J-T, Verma JP, Singh BK, Cardoso EJBN, (2021) 'Shifts on archaeal community structure in pure and mixed Eucalyptus grandis and Acacia mangium plantations', Forest Ecology and Management, vol.492, Article no.119218

Wang JT, Shen JP, Zhang LM, Singh BK, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Hu HW, Han LL, Wei WX, Fang YT, He JZ, (2021) 'Generalist Taxa Shape Fungal Community Structure in Cropping Ecosystems', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol.12, Article no.678290

Delgado-Baquerizo M, Guerra CA, Cano-Diaz C, Egidi E, Wang J-T, Eisenhauer N, Singh BK, Maestre FT, (2020) 'The proportion of soil-borne pathogens increases with warming at the global scale', Nature Climate Change, vol.10, no.6, pp 550-554

Delgado-Baquerizo M, Reich PB, Trivedi C, Eldridge DJ, Abades S, Alfaro FD, Bastida F, Berhe AA, Cutler NA, Gallardo A, Garcia-Velazquez L, Hart SC, Hayes PE, He JZ, Hseu ZY, Hu HW, Kirchmair M, Neuhauser S, Perez CA, Reed SC, Santos F, Sullivan BW, Trivedi P, Wang JT, Weber-Grullon L, Williams MA, Singh BK, (2020) 'Multiple elements of soil biodiversity drive ecosystem functions across biomes', Nature Ecology & Evolution, vol.4, no.2, pp 210-220

Eldridge DJ, Travers SK, Val J, Wang J-T, Liu H, Singh BK, Delgado-Baquerizo M, (2020) 'Grazing Regulates the Spatial Heterogeneity of Soil Microbial Communities Within Ecological Networks', Ecosystems, vol.23, no.5, pp 932-942

Garcia-Velazquez L, Rodriguez A, Gallardo A, Maestre FT, Dos Santos E, Lafuente A, Fernandez-Alonso MJ, Singh BK, Wang JT, Duran J, (2020) 'Climate and soil micro‐organisms drive soil phosphorus fractions in coastal dune systems', Functional Ecology, vol.34, no.8, pp 1690-1701

Qiu Z, Wang J, Delgado-Baquerizo Manuel, Trivedi P, Egidi E, Chen YM, Zhang HY, Singh BK, (2020) 'Plant Microbiomes: Do Different Preservation Approaches and Primer Sets Alter Our Capacity to Assess Microbial Diversity and Community Composition?', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.11, Article no.993

Zhang YJ, Hu HW, Chen QL, Yan H, Wang JT, Chen DL, He JZ, (2020) 'Manure Application Did Not Enrich Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Root Endophytic Bacterial Microbiota of Cherry Radish Plants', Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol.86, no.2, e02106-19

Egidi E, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Plett JM, Wang JT, Eldridge DJ, Bardgett RD, Maestre FT, Singh BK, (2019) 'A few Ascomycota taxa dominate soil fungal communities worldwide', Nature Communications, vol.10, Article no.2369

Li J, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Wang JT, Hu HW, Cai ZJ, Zhu YN, Singh BK, (2019) 'Fungal richness contributes to multifunctionality in boreal forest soil', Soil Biology & Biochemistry, vol.136, Article no.UNSP 107526

Li J, Hu HW, Cai ZJ, Lei YR, Zhang MY, Li W, Wang JT, (2019) 'Contrasting Soil Bacterial and Fungal Communities between the Swamp and Upland in the Boreal Forest and their Biogeographic Distribution Patterns', Wetlands, vol.39, no.3, pp 441-451

Li J#, Wang J-T#, Hu H-W, Cai Z-J, Lei Y-R, Li W, Zhang M-Y, Li Z-M, Zhu Y-N, Cui LJ*, (2019) 'Changes of the denitrifying communities in a multi-stage free water surface constructed wetland', Sci. Total Environ. vol.650, pp 1419-1425 (#Equal contribution)

Wang JT, Egidi E, Li J, Singh BK, (2019) 'Linking microbial diversity with ecosystem functioning through a trait framework', Journal of Biosciences, vol.44, no.5, Article no.109

Zhao Z-B, He J-Z, Geisen S*, Han L-L, Wang J-T, Shen J-P, Wei W-X, Fang Y-T, Li P-P, Zhang L-M* (2019) 'Protist communities are more sensitive to nitrogen fertilization than other microorganisms in diverse agricultural soils', Microbiome, vol.7, p 33

Hu HW, Wang JT, Singh BK, Liu YR, Chen YL, Zhang YJ, He JZ, (2018) 'Diversity of herbaceous plants and bacterial communities regulates soil resistome across forest biomes', Environmental Microbiology, vol.20, no.9, pp 3186-3200, Special Issue: SI

Veresoglou SD#, Liu L#, Xu T-L#, Rillig MC, Wang M-E, Wang J-T, Chen Y-L, Hu Y-J, Hao Z-P, Chen B-D*, (2018) 'Biogeographical constraints in Glomeromycotinan distribution across forest habitats in China',  J. Ecol.

Zhang CJ, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Drake JE, Reich PB, Tjoelker MG, Tissue DT, Wang JT, He JZ, Singh BK, (2018) 'Intraspecies variation in a widely distributed tree species regulates the responses of soil microbiome to different temperature regimes', Environmental Microbiology Reports, vol.10, no.2, pp 167-178

Bai R, Wang J-T, Deng Y, He J-Z, Feng K, Zhang L-M*, (2017) 'Microbial community and functional structure significantly varied among distinct types of paddy soils but responded differently along gradients of soil depth layers', Front Microbiol, vol.8, p 945

Delgado-Baquerizo M, Bissett A, Eldridge DJ, Maestre FT, He J-Z, Wang J-T, Hamonts K, Liu Y-R, Singh BK, Fierer N, (2017) 'Palaeoclimate explains a unique proportion of the global variation in soil bacterial communities', Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol.1, no.9, pp 1339-1347

Hu H-W, J-T Wang J-T, Li J, Shi X-Z, Ma Y-B, Chen D, He J-Z*, (2017) 'Long-term nickel contamination increases the occurrence of antibiotic resistance genes in agricultural soils', Environ. Sci. Technol, vol.51, pp 790-800

Liu Y-R, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Trivedi P, He J-Z, Wang J-T, Singh BK, (2017) 'Identity of biocrust species and microbial communities drive the response of soil multifunctionality to simulated global change', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol.107, pp 208-217

Cao P, Wang J-T, Hu H-W, Zheng Y-M, Ge Y, Shen J-P*, He J-Z*, (2016) 'Environmental filtering process has more important roles than dispersal limitation in shaping large-scale prokaryotic beta diversity patterns of grassland soils', Microb. Ecol, vol.72, pp 221-230

Hu H-W, Macdonald CA, Trivedi P, Anderson IC, Zheng Y, Holmes B, Bodrossy L, Wang J-T, He J-Z, Singh BK, (2016) 'Effects of climate warming and elevated CO2 on autotrophic nitrification and nitrifiers  in dryland ecosystems', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol.92, pp 1-15

Hu H-W, Wang J-T, Li J, Li J-J, Ma Y-B, Chen D, He J-Z*, (2016) 'Field-based evidence for copper contamination induced changes of antibiotic resistance in agricultural soils: Copper induced changes in antibiotic resistance', Environ. Microbiol, vol.18, pp 3896-3909

Li J, Wang J-T, Hu H-W, Ma Y-B, Zhang L-M, He J-Z*, (2016) 'Copper pollution decreases the resistance of soil microbial community to subsequent dry–rewetting disturbance', J. Environ. Sci, vol.39, pp 155-164

Long X-E, Shen J-P*, Wang J-T, Zhang L-M, Di H, He J-Z*, (2016) 'Contrasting response of two grassland soils to N addition and moisture levels: N2O emission and functional gene abundance' J. Soil Sediment, vol.17, pp 384-392

Wang J-T, Zheng Y-M, Hu H-W, Li J, Zhang L-M, Chen B-D, Chen W-P, He J-Z*, (2016) 'Coupling of soil prokaryotic diversity and plant diversity across latitudinal forest ecosystems', Sci. Rep, vol.6 Art no.19561

Wu F, Wang J-T, Yang J, Li J, Zheng Y-M*, (2016) 'Does arsenic play an important role in the soil microbial community around a typical arsenic mining area?', Environ Pollut, vol.213, pp 949-956

Hu H-W, Zhang L-M, Yuan C-L, Zheng Y, Wang J-T, Chen D, He J-Z*, (2015) 'The large-scale distribution of ammonia oxidizers in paddy soils is driven by soil pH, geographic distance, and climatic factors', Front. Microbiol, vol.6, p 938

Li J, Ma Y-B, Hu H-W, Wang J-T, Liu Y-R, He J-Z*, (2015) 'Field-based evidence for consistent responses of bacterial communities to copper contamination in two contrasting agricultural soils', Front. Microbiol, vol.6, p 31

Wang J-T, Cao P, Hu H-W, Li J, Han L-L, Zhang L-M, Zheng Y-M, He J-Z*, (2015) 'Altitudinal distribution patterns of soil bacterial and archaeal communities along Mt. Shegyla on the Tibetan Plateau', Microb. Ecol, vol.69, pp 135-145

Wang J-T, Zheng Y-M, Hu H-W, Zhang L-M, Li J, He J-Z*, (2015) 'Soil pH determines the alpha diversity but not beta diversity of soil fungal community along altitude in a typical Tibetan forest ecosystem', J. Soil Sediment, vol.15, pp 1224–1232

Hu J-L, Zhu A-N, Wang J-H, Dai J, Wang J-T, Chen R-R, Lin X-G*, (2013) 'Soil microbial metabolism and invertase activity under crop rotation and no-tillage in North China', Plant Soil Environ, vol.59, no.11, pp 511-516