Effects of stratification depth and dissolved organic matter on brackish bacterioplankton communities
2012 (English)In: Marine Ecology Progress Series, ISSN 0171-8630, E-ISSN 1616-1599, Vol. 453, 37-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Bacterioplankton growth is often directly or indirectly controlled by external energy subsidies via organic matter inputs or solar radiation. We carried out a mesocosm experiment to assess how bacterioplankton communities responded to elevated levels of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and experimentally controlled stratification depth. The month-long experiment consisted of 2500 l mesocosms subjected to 4 experimental manipulations in triplicate: the stratification depth was set to either 1.5 or 3.5 m, with or without experimental addition of ambient levels of chromophoric DOM. DOM addition had a significant effect on bacterial community composition as assessed by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism of amplified 16S rRNA genes. In contrast, there were no effects of the DOM amendment on bacterial biomass or production. Mixing depth and the coupled effective light climate in the photic zone also had a significant effect on bacterial community composition. Furthermore, shallow mixing depth was associated with enhanced primary production, whereas DOM addition had a negative effect on phyto plankton biomass and productivity. Our results suggest that bacterial community composition is coupled to primary production under the studied coastal nutrient regime, and point to a key role of DOM quality in controlling bacterioplankton communities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 453, 37-48 p.
Bacterial community composition, Dissolved organic matter, Stratification depth, Mesocosm, Brackish, Phytoplankton
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60352DOI: 10.3354/meps09634ISI: 000308135800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60352DiVA: diva2:563104