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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689349/extreme-longevity-in-a-deep-sea-vestimentiferan-tubeworm-and-its-implications-for-the-evolution-of-life-history-strategies
#1
Alanna Durkin, Charles R Fisher, Erik E Cordes
The deep sea is home to many species that have longer life spans than their shallow-water counterparts. This trend is primarily related to the decline in metabolic rates with temperature as depth increases. However, at bathyal depths, the cold-seep vestimentiferan tubeworm species Lamellibrachia luymesi and Seepiophila jonesi reach extremely old ages beyond what is predicted by the simple scaling of life span with body size and temperature. Here, we use individual-based models based on in situ growth rates to show that another species of cold-seep tubeworm found in the Gulf of Mexico, Escarpia laminata, also has an extraordinarily long life span, regularly achieving ages of 100-200 years with some individuals older than 300 years...
August 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668078/population-genetic-structure-in-sabatieria-nematoda-reveals-intermediary-gene-flow-and-admixture-between-distant-cold-seeps-from-the-mediterranean-sea
#2
Annelies De Groote, Freija Hauquier, Ann Vanreusel, Sofie Derycke
BACKGROUND: There is a general lack of information on the dispersal and genetic structuring for populations of small-sized deep-water taxa, including free-living nematodes which inhabit and dominate the seafloor sediments. This is also true for unique and scattered deep-sea habitats such as cold seeps. Given the limited dispersal capacity of marine nematodes, genetic differentiation between such geographically isolated habitat patches is expected to be high. Against this background, we examined genetic variation in both mitochondrial (COI) and nuclear (18S and 28S ribosomal) DNA markers of 333 individuals of the genus Sabatieria, abundantly present in reduced cold-seep sediments...
July 1, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662428/bacterial-communities-and-chemical-parameters-in-soils-and-coastal-sediments-in-response-to-diesel-spills-at-carlini-station-antarctica
#3
Susana Vázquez, Patrick Monien, Roberto Pepino Minetti, Jutta Jürgens, Antonio Curtosi, Julia Villalba Primitz, Stephan Frickenhaus, Doris Abele, Walter Mac Cormack, Elisabeth Helmke
A diesel spill occurring at Carlini Station (King George Island (Isla 25 de Mayo), South Shetland Islands) in 2009 started the study of the fate of the hydrocarbons and their effect on the bacterial communities of the Potter Cove ecosystem. Soils and sediments were sampled across the 200-meter long diesel plume towards Potter Cove four and 15months after the spill. The sampling revealed a second fuel leakage from an underground pipeline at the spill site. The hydrocarbon fraction spilt over frozen and snow-covered ground reached the sea and dispersed with the currents...
June 26, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603250/a-new-species-and-new-record-of-deep-sea-scale-worms-polynoidae-polychaeta-from-the-okinawa-trough-and-the-south-china-sea
#4
Jixing Sui, Xinzheng Li
A new species of scale-worm, Lepidonotopodium okinawae sp. nov. from the Okinawa Trough is described. The new species differs from the other species of Lepidonotopodium by having 24 segments and numerous foveolae on the surface of elytra with one globular micropapilla in every foveola. A new record of the mussel commensal Branchipolynoe pettiboneae Miura & Hashimoto, 1991 is reported and described from the northern South China Sea, where for the first time the scale-worm is noted as occurring at a cold-seep...
March 6, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557992/seasonal-monitoring-of-deep-sea-megabenthos-in-barkley-canyon-cold-seep-by-internet-operated-vehicle-iov
#5
Carolina Doya, Damianos Chatzievangelou, Nixon Bahamon, Autun Purser, Fabio C De Leo, S Kim Juniper, Laurenz Thomsen, Jacopo Aguzzi
Knowledge of the processes shaping deep-sea benthic communities at seasonal scales in cold-seep environments is incomplete. Cold seeps within highly dynamic regions, such as submarine canyons, where variable current regimes may occur, are particularly understudied. Novel Internet Operated Vehicles (IOVs), such as tracked crawlers, provide new techniques for investigating these ecosystems over prolonged periods. In this study a benthic crawler connected to the NEPTUNE cabled infrastructure operated by Ocean Networks Canada was used to monitor community changes across 60 m2 of a cold-seep area of the Barkley Canyon, North East Pacific, at ~890 m depth within an Oxygen Minimum Zone (OMZ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487684/relative-abundance-and-diversity-of-bacterial-methanotrophs-at-the-oxic-anoxic-interface-of-the-congo-deep-sea-fan
#6
Sandrine Bessette, Yann Moalic, Sébastien Gautey, Françoise Lesongeur, Anne Godfroy, Laurent Toffin
Sitting at ∼5,000 m water depth on the Congo-Angola margin and ∼760 km offshore of the West African coast, the recent lobe complex of the Congo deep-sea fan receives large amounts of fluvial sediments (3-5% organic carbon). This organic-rich sedimentation area harbors habitats with chemosynthetic communities similar to those of cold seeps. In this study, we investigated relative abundance, diversity and distribution of aerobic methane-oxidizing bacteria (MOB) communities at the oxic-anoxic interface of sedimentary habitats by using fluorescence in situ hybridization and comparative sequence analysis of particulate mono-oxygenase (pmoA) genes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484018/enhanced-co2-uptake-at-a-shallow-arctic-ocean-seep-field-overwhelms-the-positive-warming-potential-of-emitted-methane
#7
John W Pohlman, Jens Greinert, Carolyn Ruppel, Anna Silyakova, Lisa Vielstädte, Michael Casso, Jürgen Mienert, Stefan Bünz
Continued warming of the Arctic Ocean in coming decades is projected to trigger the release of teragrams (1 Tg = 10(6) tons) of methane from thawing subsea permafrost on shallow continental shelves and dissociation of methane hydrate on upper continental slopes. On the shallow shelves (<100 m water depth), methane released from the seafloor may reach the atmosphere and potentially amplify global warming. On the other hand, biological uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) has the potential to offset the positive warming potential of emitted methane, a process that has not received detailed consideration for these settings...
May 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434198/eukaryotic-diversity-in-late-pleistocene-marine-sediments-around-a-shallow-methane-hydrate-deposit-in-the-japan-sea
#8
M Kouduka, A S Tanabe, S Yamamoto, K Yanagawa, Y Nakamura, F Akiba, H Tomaru, H Toju, Y Suzuki
Marine sediments contain eukaryotic DNA deposited from overlying water columns. However, a large proportion of deposited eukaryotic DNA is aerobically biodegraded in shallow marine sediments. Cold seep sediments are often anaerobic near the sediment-water interface, so eukaryotic DNA in such sediments is expected to be preserved. We investigated deeply buried marine sediments in the Japan Sea, where a methane hydrate deposit is associated with cold seeps. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed the reproducible recovery of eukaryotic DNA in marine sediments at depths up to 31...
April 23, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345060/genome-reduction-and-microbe-host-interactions-drive-adaptation-of-a-sulfur-oxidizing-bacterium-associated-with-a-cold-seep-sponge
#9
Ren-Mao Tian, Weipeng Zhang, Lin Cai, Yue-Him Wong, Wei Ding, Pei-Yuan Qian
As the most ancient metazoan, sponges have established close relationships with particular microbial symbionts. However, the characteristics and physiology of thioautotrophic symbionts in deep-sea sponges are largely unknown. Using a tailored "differential coverage binning" method on 22-Gb metagenomic sequences, we recovered the nearly complete genome of a sulfur-oxidizing bacterium (SOB) that dominates the microbiota of the cold seep sponge Suberites sp. Phylogenetic analyses suggested that this bacterium (an unclassified gammaproteobacterium termed "Gsub") may represent a new deep-sea SOB group...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122036/temporal-and-spatial-variations-of-bacterial-and-faunal-communities-associated-with-deep-sea-wood-falls
#10
Petra Pop Ristova, Christina Bienhold, Frank Wenzhöfer, Pamela E Rossel, Antje Boetius
Sinking of large organic food falls i.e. kelp, wood and whale carcasses to the oligotrophic deep-sea floor promotes the establishment of locally highly productive and diverse ecosystems, often with specifically adapted benthic communities. However, the fragmented spatial distribution and small area poses challenges for the dispersal of their microbial and faunal communities. Our study focused on the temporal dynamics and spatial distributions of sunken wood bacterial communities, which were deployed in the vicinity of different cold seeps in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Norwegian deep-seas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054448/taxonomic-research-on-deep-sea-macrofauna-in-the-south-china-sea-using-the-chinese-deep-sea-submersible-jiaolong
#11
Xinzheng Li
This paper reviews the taxonomic and biodiversity studies of deep-sea invertebrates in the South China Sea based on the samples collected by the Chinese manned deep-sea submersible Jiaolong. To date, 6 new species have been described, including the sponges Lophophysema eversa, Saccocalyx microhexactin and Semperella jiaolongae as well as the crustaceans Uroptychus jiaolongae, Uroptychus spinulosus and Globospongicola jiaolongi; some newly recorded species from the South China Sea have also been reported. The Bathymodiolus platifrons-Shinkaia crosnieri deep-sea cold seep community has been reported by Li (2015), as has the mitochondrial genome of the glass sponge L...
July 2017: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895636/genomic-and-transcriptomic-evidence-for-carbohydrate-consumption-among-microorganisms-in-a-cold-seep-brine-pool
#12
Weipeng Zhang, Wei Ding, Bo Yang, Renmao Tian, Shuo Gu, Haiwei Luo, Pei-Yuan Qian
The detailed lifestyle of microorganisms in deep-sea brine environments remains largely unexplored. Using a carefully calibrated genome binning approach, we reconstructed partial to nearly-complete genomes of 51 microorganisms in biofilms from the Thuwal cold seep brine pool of the Red Sea. The recovered metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) belong to six different phyla: Actinobacteria, Proteobacteria, Candidatus Cloacimonetes, Candidatus Marinimicrobia, Bathyarchaeota, and Thaumarchaeota. By comparison with close relatives of these microorganisms, we identified a number of unique genes associated with organic carbon metabolism and energy generation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794353/relative-acoustic-frequency-response-of-induced-methane-carbon-dioxide-and-air-gas-bubble-plumes-observed-laterally
#13
Rokas Kubilius, Geir Pedersen
There is an increased need to detect, identify, and monitor natural and manmade seabed gas leaks. Fisheries echosounders are well suited to monitor large volumes of water and acoustic frequency response [normalized acoustic backscatter, when a measure at one selected frequency is used as a denominator, r(f)] is commonly used to identify echoes from fish and zooplankton species. Information on gas plume r(f) would be valuable for automatic detection of subsea leaks and for separating bubble plumes from natural targets such as swimbladder-bearing fish...
October 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732626/high-frequency-patterns-in-the-abundance-of-benthic-species-near-a-cold-seep-an-internet-operated-vehicle-application
#14
Damianos Chatzievangelou, Carolina Doya, Laurenz Thomsen, Autun Purser, Jacopo Aguzzi
Three benthic megafaunal species (i.e. sablefish Anoplopoma fimbria; pacific hagfish Eptatretus stoutii and a group of juvenile crabs) were tested for diel behavioral patterns at the methane hydrates site of Barkley Canyon (890 m depth), off Vancouver Island (BC, Canada). Fluctuations of animal counts in linear video-transects conducted with the Internet Operated Deep-Sea Crawler "Wally" in June, July and December of 2013, were used as proxy of population activity rhythms. Count time series and environmental parameters were analyzed under the hypothesis that the environmental conditioning of activity rhythms depends on the life habits of particular species (i...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703692/geochemistry-faunal-composition-and-trophic-structure-in-reducing-sediments-on-the-southwest-south-georgia-margin
#15
James B Bell, Alfred Aquilina, Clare Woulds, Adrian G Glover, Crispin T S Little, William D K Reid, Laura E Hepburn, Jason Newton, Rachel A Mills
Despite a number of studies in areas of focused methane seepage, the extent of transitional sediments of more diffuse methane seepage, and their influence upon biological communities is poorly understood. We investigated an area of reducing sediments with elevated levels of methane on the South Georgia margin around 250 m depth and report data from a series of geochemical and biological analyses. Here, the geochemical signatures were consistent with weak methane seepage and the role of sub-surface methane consumption was clearly very important, preventing gas emissions into bottom waters...
September 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683216/food-web-complexity-in-guaymas-basin-hydrothermal-vents-and-cold-seeps
#16
Marie Portail, Karine Olu, Stanislas F Dubois, Elva Escobar-Briones, Yves Gelinas, Lénaick Menot, Jozée Sarrazin
In the Guaymas Basin, the presence of cold seeps and hydrothermal vents in close proximity, similar sedimentary settings and comparable depths offers a unique opportunity to assess and compare the functioning of these deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems. The food webs of five seep and four vent assemblages were studied using stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses. Although the two ecosystems shared similar potential basal sources, their food webs differed: seeps relied predominantly on methanotrophy and thiotrophy via the Calvin-Benson-Bassham (CBB) cycle and vents on petroleum-derived organic matter and thiotrophy via the CBB and reductive tricarboxylic acid (rTCA) cycles...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27635334/investigation-of-population-structure-in-gulf-of-mexico-seepiophila-jonesi-polychaeta-siboglinidae-using-cross-amplified-microsatellite-loci
#17
Chunya Huang, Stephen W Schaeffer, Charles R Fisher, Dominique A Cowart
BACKGROUND: Vestimentiferan tubeworms are some of the most recognizable fauna found at deep-sea cold seeps, isolated environments where hydrocarbon rich fluids fuel biological communities. Several studies have investigated tubeworm population structure; however, much is still unknown about larval dispersal patterns at Gulf of Mexico (GoM) seeps. As such, researchers have applied microsatellite markers as a measure for documenting the transport of vestimentiferan individuals. In the present study, we investigate the utility of microsatellites to be cross-amplified within the escarpiid clade of seep vestimentiferans, by determining if loci originally developed for Escarpia spp...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27508117/ectoparasitism-on-deep-sea-fishes-in-the-western-north-atlantic-in-situ-observations-from-rov-surveys
#18
Andrea M Quattrini, Amanda W J Demopoulos
A complete understanding of how parasites influence marine ecosystem functioning requires characterizing a broad range of parasite-host interactions while determining the effects of parasitism in a variety of habitats. In deep-sea fishes, the prevalence of parasitism remains poorly understood. Knowledge of ectoparasitism, in particular, is limited because collection methods often cause dislodgment of ectoparasites from their hosts. High-definition video collected during 43 remotely operated vehicle surveys (2013-2014) provided the opportunity to examine ectoparasitism on fishes across habitats (open slope, canyon, seamount, cold seep) and depths (494-4689 m) off the northeastern U...
December 2016: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27470798/ampharetidae-annelida-polychaeta-from-cold-seeps-off-pakistan-and%C3%A2-hydrothermal-vents-off-taiwan-with-the-description-of-three-new-species
#19
Michael G Reuscher, Dieter Fiege
The new ampharetid species Eclysippe yonaguniensis sp. nov. and Glyphanostomum bilabiatum sp. nov. from the Yonaguni Knoll IV hydrothermal field off the coast of Taiwan and Pavelius makranensis sp. nov. from the cold seeps in the Makran accretionary prism off the coast of Pakistan are described. Amage cf. ehlersi Reuscher, Fiege & Imajima, 2015 and Anobothrus dayi Imajima, Reuscher & Fiege, 2013 are newly recorded from the Yonaguni Knoll IV hydrothermal field.
July 20, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27447820/methane-seep-carbonates-yield-clumped-isotope-signatures-out-of-equilibrium-with-formation-temperatures
#20
S J Loyd, J Sample, R E Tripati, W F Defliese, K Brooks, M Hovland, M Torres, J Marlow, L G Hancock, R Martin, T Lyons, A E Tripati
Methane cold seep systems typically exhibit extensive buildups of authigenic carbonate minerals, resulting from local increases in alkalinity driven by methane oxidation. Here, we demonstrate that modern seep authigenic carbonates exhibit anomalously low clumped isotope values (Δ47), as much as ∼0.2‰ lower than expected values. In modern seeps, this range of disequilibrium translates into apparent temperatures that are always warmer than ambient temperatures, by up to 50 °C. We examine various mechanisms that may induce disequilibrium behaviour in modern seep carbonates, and suggest that the observed values result from several factors including kinetic isotopic effects during methane oxidation, mixing of inorganic carbon pools, pH effects and rapid precipitation...
2016: Nature Communications
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