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DOI 10.1002/lno.11356
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Title (Primary) Linking stream microbial community functional genes to dissolved organic matter and inorganic nutrients
Author Fasching, C.; Akotoye, C.; Bižić, M.; Fonvielle, J.; Ionescu, D.; Mathavarajah, S.; Zoccarato, L.; Walsh, D.A.; Grossart, H.-P.; Xenopoulos, M.A.
Journal Limnology and Oceanography
Year 2020
Department BOOEK
Volume 65
Issue S1
Page From S71
Page To S87
Language englisch
Abstract There is now increasing evidence for the importance of microbial regulation of biogeochemical cycling in streams. Resource availability shapes microbial community structure, but less is known about how landscape‐mediated availability of nutrients and carbon can control microbial functions in streams. Using comparative metagenomics, we examined the relationship between microbial functional genes and composition of dissolved organic matter (DOM), nutrients, and suspended microbial communities in 11 streams, divided into three groups based on the predominant land cover category (agriculture, forested, or wetland). Using weighted gene co‐occurrence network analysis, we identified clusters of functions related to DOM composition, agricultural land use, and/or wetland and forest land cover. Wetland‐dominated streams were characterized by functions related to nitrogen metabolism and processing of aromatic carbon compounds, with strong positive correlations with dissolved organic carbon concentration and DOM aromaticity. Forested streams were characterized by metabolic functions related to monomer uptake and carbohydrates, such as mannose and fructose metabolism. In agricultural streams, microbial functions were correlated with more labile, protein‐like DOM, PO4, and NO3, likely reflecting functional adaptation to labile DOM and higher nutrient concentrations. Distinct changes in the functional composition and loss of functional diversity of microorganisms became evident when comparing natural to agricultural catchments. Although all streams showed signs of functional redundancy, loss of species richness per function in agricultural catchments suggests that microbial functions in natural catchments may be more resilient to disturbance. Our results provide new insight into microbial community functions involved in nutrient and carbon biogeochemical cycles and their dependence on specific environmental settings.
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Fasching, C., Akotoye, C., Bižić, M., Fonvielle, J., Ionescu, D., Mathavarajah, S., Zoccarato, L., Walsh, D.A., Grossart, H.-P., Xenopoulos, M.A. (2020):
Linking stream microbial community functional genes to dissolved organic matter and inorganic nutrients
Limnol. Oceanogr. 65 (S1), S71 - S87