Shifts in microbiome structure during summer stratification in temperate lakes

Kamilla Schneekloth Sjøgaard, Michael Forth, Esther Singer, Andreas Schramm, Tanja Woyke, Alexander H. Treusch

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Temperate lakes often feature a seasonal stratification of the water column, resulting in a hypoxic or anoxic hypolimnion. This heavily impacts the microbiome, however, we only have started to understand how this perturbation effects the ecological connections between different microbes and their abilities for the biogeochemical cycling of elements. Here we present the spatiotemporal analysis of the microbiomes of two meso-/oligotrophic dimictic lakes experiencing summer stratification. By employing multivariate statistics and cooccurrence network analyses of 16S rRNA gene amplicon data, we observed the clustering of bacterial communities correlated to oxygen concentrations throughout stratification. Cooccurrence patterns among abundant and ubiquitous freshwater Actinobacteria and Proteobacteria suggested microbial niche partitioning potentially accompanied by differential specialization in carbon substrate metabolisms. The hypolimnion showed diverse communities with the potential for a wide variety of respiration processes. Hypoxic/anoxic
conditions distinctly defined a module of OTUs co-occurring in the hypolimnion during summer stratification, containing anaerobic Chloroflexi and Chlorobi, but also methanotrophs. We further detected a module including OTUs of the candidate division OP3, Planctomycetes and Nitrosomonadaceae, occurring at low temperatures in the hypolimnion, predominantly in the oxygen gradient before complete anoxic conditions developed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date12. Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 12. Nov 2018
EventThe Danish Microbiological Society - Annual Congress 2018 - Eigtveds Pakhus, København, Denmark
Duration: 12. Nov 201812. Nov 2018


ConferenceThe Danish Microbiological Society - Annual Congress 2018
LocationEigtveds Pakhus


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