Viruses are extremely abundant and ubiquitous in the environment, and significantly contribute to various marine ecosystem processes such as biogeochemical nutrient cycling, microbiome community assembly and functional performance, and host evolutionary dynamics. However, whether and how soil viruses have the same role in soil as marine counterparts is poorly understood. Li Bi’s research will use the metagenomic approaches including total soil metagenomes and size-fractionation viral metagenome (virome) to characterize the abundance, diversity and community compositions of viruses, and their interactions with other organisms in the complex soil environment.
Li received a bachelor’s degree of Agricultural Resources and Environment in Huazhong Agricultural University and a master’s degree of Environmental Science in Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. During her master’s, her research focused on diversity and potential biogeochemical impacts of viruses in bulk and rhizosphere soils. She has experience in soil macular ecology experiments and bioinformatics for viral metagenomes. She is interested in soil viral ecology and enjoys exploring the unknown diversity and functions of virosphere.