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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089533/bias-and-association-of-sediment-organic-matter-source-apportionment-indicators-a-case-study-in-a-eutrophic-lake-chaohu-china
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Fu-Liu Xu, Chen Yang, Wei He, Qi-Shuang He, Yi-Long Li, Lei Kang, Wen-Xiu Liu, Yong-Qiang Xiong, Baoshan Xing
The sources of sediment organic matter (SOM) could be explained by various indicators. To test their biases and associations, the present study determined multiple indicators for SOM source apportionment, including elemental analysis (carbon and nitrogen, and their stable isotope δ(13)C and δ(15)N), n-alkanes compositions as well as derivative indicators (e.g., terrigenous to aquatic ratio), and carbon isotopes of n-alkane in Lake Chaohu, a eutrophic lake. The spatial variation of anthropogenic effects could be revealed by SOM elemental variations...
January 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088106/uv-a-induced-delayed-development-in-the-larvae-of-coral-seriatopora-caliendrum
#2
Jie Zhou, Tung-Yung Fan, John Beardall, Kunshan Gao
Coral reefs are vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation (UVR, 280-400nm). Not only do the fluxes of UVR fluctuate daily, they are also increasing due to global ocean and atmospheric changes. The deleterious effects of UVR on scleractinian corals have been intensively studied, but much less is known about the response of corals in the early pre-settlement phase. In this study, we tested how UVR exposure affects survival and development of Seriatopora caliendrum larvae and examined the photophysiological changes induced in the symbiotic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079143/lethal-sublethal-responses-of-daphnia-magna-to-acute-norfloxacin-contamination-and-changes-in-phytoplankton-zooplankton-interactions-induced-by-this-antibiotic
#3
Ying Pan, Shi-Wei Yan, Ruo-Zhu Li, Yi-Wen Hu, Xue-Xiu Chang
Although the well-known antibiotic norfloxacin (NOR) is recognized as an important environmental pollutant, little is known about its impacts on ecological processes, particularly on species interactions. In this paper, we quantified Daphnia magna (Crustacea, Cladocera) responses in mortality rate at lethal NOR concentrations (0, 25, 50, 100, 200, 300 and 400 mg L(-1)), and in heartbeat rate, swimming behavior and feeding rate (on the green alga Chlorella pyrenoidosa) at sublethal NOR concentrations (0, 25, 50 and 100 mg L(-1)) to determine the effects of this antibiotic in plankton systems...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073532/toxigenic-algae-and-associated-phycotoxins-in-two-coastal-embayments-in-the-ebro-delta-nw-mediterranean
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Julia A Busch, Karl B Andree, Jorge Diogène, Margarita Fernández-Tejedor, Kerstin Toebe, Uwe John, Bernd Krock, Urban Tillmann, Allan D Cembella
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) surveillance is complicated by high diversity of species and associated phycotoxins. Such species-level information on taxonomic affiliations and on cell abundance and toxin content is, however, crucial for effective monitoring, especially of aquaculture and fisheries areas. The aim addressed in this study was to determine putative HAB taxa and related phycotoxins in plankton from aquaculture sites in the Ebro Delta, NW Mediterranean. The comparative geographical distribution of potentially harmful plankton taxa was established by weekly field sampling throughout the water column during late spring-early summer over two years at key stations in Alfacs and Fangar embayments within the Ebro Delta...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996008/unusual-marine-unicellular-symbiosis-with-the-nitrogen-fixing-cyanobacterium-ucyn-a
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Jonathan P Zehr, Irina N Shilova, Hanna M Farnelid, Maria Del Carmen Muñoz-MarínCarmen, Kendra A Turk-Kubo
Nitrogen fixation - the reduction of dinitrogen (N2) gas to biologically available nitrogen (N) - is an important source of N for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. In terrestrial environments, N2-fixing symbioses involve multicellular plants, but in the marine environment these symbioses occur with unicellular planktonic algae. An unusual symbiosis between an uncultivated unicellular cyanobacterium (UCYN-A) and a haptophyte picoplankton alga was recently discovered in oligotrophic oceans. UCYN-A has a highly reduced genome, and exchanges fixed N for fixed carbon with its host...
December 20, 2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934263/power-of-plankton-effects-of-algal-biodiversity-on-biocrude-production-and-stability
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Anita Narwani, Aubrey R Lashaway, David C Hietala, Phillip E Savage, Bradley J Cardinale
Algae-derived biocrude oil is a possible renewable energy alternative to fossil fuel based crude oil. Outdoor cultivation in raceway ponds is estimated to provide a better return on energy invested than closed photobioreactor systems. However, in these open systems, algal crops are subjected to environmental variation in temperature and irradiance, as well as biotic invasions which can cause costly crop instabilities. In this paper, we used an experimental approach to investigate the ability of species richness to maximize and stabilize biocrude production in the face of weekly temperature fluctuations between 17 and 27 °C, relative to a constant-temperature control...
December 6, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902440/synechococcus-diversity-along-a-trophic-gradient-in-the-osterseen-lake-district-bavaria
#7
Joachim Ruber, Franziska R Bauer, Andrew D Millard, Uta Raeder, Juergen Geist, Katrin Zwirglmaier
Picocyanobacteria are important primary producers in freshwater; however, there is still a knowledge gap regarding their diversity at the strain level. For this reason, the microbial diversity of four lakes with different trophic states was investigated by sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene using universal primers. The study was performed in selected lakes of the Osterseen Lake District, Germany, from 2012 to 2014 (Lake Schiffhuettensee: eutrophic; Lake Ostersee: meso-oligotrophic; Lake Groebensee: oligotrophic; Lake Lustsee: oligotrophic)...
December 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881349/-diagnosis-of-drowning-by-detecting-gyrb-and-16s-rrna-genes-of-aeromonas-hydrophila-using-pcr-capillary-electrophoresis
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Bai-Sheng Mai, Qu-Yi Xu, Chao Liu, Jian Zhao, Ya-Li Han
OBJECTIVE: To establish a method for diagnosis of freshwater drowning by amplifying gyrB and 16S rRNA genes of Aeromonas hydrophila using PCR coupled with capillary electrophoresis (CE). METHODS: DNA samples were extracted from human, 18 planktons (including Candida albicans, Aeromonas hydrophila, and 16 species of algae), and 30 cases of tissue samples (including the lung, liver, and kidney, all examined with microwave digestion-vacuum filtration-automated scanning electron microscopy) from human cadavers, including 28 freshwater drowning victims and 2 with natural death...
November 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871041/toxicity-of-aqueous-vanadium-to-zooplankton-and-phytoplankton-species-of-relevance-to-the-athabasca-oil-sands-region
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Stephanie Schiffer, Karsten Liber
Vanadium (V) is an abundant trace metal present in bitumen from the Athabasca Oil Sands (AOS) region in Alberta, Canada. The upgrading of bitumen can result in the production of large volumes of a carbonaceous material referred to as petroleum coke that contains V at elevated levels compared to the native bitumen. Previous studies have shown that coke has the capacity to leach ecotoxicologically relevant levels of V into water it contacts, yet limited data are available on the toxicity of aqueous V to planktonic organisms...
March 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807262/non-reef-environments-impact-the-diversification-of-extant-jacks-remoras-and-allies-carangoidei-percomorpha
#10
Bruno Frédérich, Giuseppe Marramà, Giorgio Carnevale, Francesco Santini
Various factors may impact the processes of diversification of a clade. In the marine realm, it has been shown that coral reef environments have promoted diversification in various fish groups. With the exception of requiem sharks, all the groups showing a higher level of diversity in reefs than in non-reef habitats have diets based predominantly on plankton, algae or benthic invertebrates. Here we explore the pattern of diversification of carangoid fishes, a clade that includes numerous piscivorous species (e...
November 16, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779795/dna-extraction-from-benthic-cyanobacteria-comparative-assessment-and-optimization
#11
V Gaget, A Keulen, M Lau, P Monis, J D Brookes
AIMS: Benthic Cyanobacteria produce toxic and odorous compounds similar to their planktonic counterparts, challenging the quality of drinking water supplies. The biofilm that benthic algae and other micro-organisms produce is a complex and protective matrix. Monitoring to determine the abundance and identification of Cyanobacteria, therefore, relies on molecular techniques, with the choice of DNA isolation technique critical. This study investigated which DNA extraction method is optimal for DNA recovery in order to guarantee the best DNA yield for PCR-based analysis of benthic Cyanobacteria...
January 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779617/diversity-and-oceanic-distribution-of-prasinophytes-clade-vii-the-dominant-group-of-green-algae-in-oceanic-waters
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Adriana Lopes Dos Santos, Priscillia Gourvil, Margot Tragin, Mary-Hélène Noël, Johan Decelle, Sarah Romac, Daniel Vaulot
Prasinophytes clade VII is a group of pico/nano-planktonic green algae (division Chlorophyta) for which numerous ribosomal RNA (rRNA) sequences have been retrieved from the marine environment in the last 15 years. A large number of strains have also been isolated but have not yet received a formal taxonomic description. A phylogenetic analysis of available strains using both the nuclear 18S and plastidial 16S rRNA genes demonstrates that this group composes at least 10 different clades: A1-A7 and B1-B3. Analysis of sequences from the variable V9 region of the 18S rRNA gene collected during the Tara Oceans expedition and in the frame of the Ocean Sampling Day consortium reveal that clade VII is the dominant Chlorophyta group in oceanic waters, replacing Mamiellophyceae, which have this role in coastal waters...
October 25, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759035/mdrna-seq-analysis-of-marine-microbial-communities-from-the-northern-red-sea
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Shengwei Hou, Ulrike Pfreundt, Dan Miller, Ilana Berman-Frank, Wolfgang R Hess
Metatranscriptomic differential RNA-Seq (mdRNA-Seq) identifies the suite of active transcriptional start sites at single-nucleotide resolution through enrichment of primary transcript 5' ends. Here we analyzed the microbial community at 45 m depth at Station A in the northern Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, during 500 m deep mixing in February 2012 using mdRNA-Seq and a parallel classical RNA-Seq approach. We identified promoters active in situ for five different pico-planktonic genera (the SAR11 clade of Alphaproteobacteria, Synechococcus of Cyanobacteria, Euryarchaeota, Thaumarchaeota, and Micromonas as an example for picoeukaryotic algae), showing the applicability of this approach to highly diverse microbial communities...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27544677/what-underpins-the-trophic-networks-of-the-plankton-in-shallow-oxbow-lakes
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J Kosiba, E Wilk-Woźniak, W Krztoń, M Strzesak, A Pociecha, E Walusiak, K Pudaś, E Szarek-Gwiazda
The aim of this study was to determine the relationships in the microbial trophic network underpinning them about communities of plankton ciliates in shallow oxbow lakes of the Vistula River in southern Poland (Jeziorzany 1, Jeziorzany 2, Piekary, Tyniec). The plankton components (phytoplankton, ciliates, zooplankton) were grouped by dietary preference. The studied oxbows differed in physicochemical parameters and in phytoplankton. Cyanobacteria dominated in the total biomass of phytoplankton in the Tyniec oxbow, big green algae (>30 μm) in Piekary and Jeziorzany 1, and euglenoids in Jeziorzany 2 oxbow...
January 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27507040/lunar-influence-on-prey-availability-diet-shifts-and-niche-overlap-between-engraulidae-larvae-in-tropical-mangrove-creeks
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A R A Lima, M Barletta
The influence of the lunar cycle on prey availability, diet shifts and overlap between larval Anchovia clupeoides and Cetengraulis edentulus was evaluated in mangrove creeks of the Goiana Estuary. Copepod eggs were highly abundant in the first and last quarter, at the full moon and zoea of Ucides cordatus (Ocypodidae) in the new moon. The Engraulidae larvae fed on microcrustaceans, algae and early planktonic stages of benthic organisms. The relative importance of prey varied according to prey availability in all moon phases...
October 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27506027/-community-structure-characteristics-of-diatom-in-reservoirs-located-in-the-south-of-jiangsu-province-china-and-its-control-factors
#16
Jie Ren, Tao Zhou, Guang-wei Zhu, Ying-wei Jin, Yang Cui, Hai Xu, Meng-yuan Zhu, Ming-fang Xia, Wei-min Chen
In order to understand the community structure characteristics of Bacillariophyta and its controlling factors in reservoirs located in the Southeast, China, in the geographic background of hills landscape and humid climate, 18 reservoirs were investigated in June, 2015, during the period with high risk of diatom bloom, covering water quality, and the community structures of phytoplankton. The correlations between Bacillariophyta and other planktons with nutrients, water depth, storage capacity, etc. were analyzed...
May 15, 2016: Huan Jing Ke Xue= Huanjing Kexue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27484944/multiple-regression-analysis-to-assess-the-role-of-plankton-on-the-distribution-and-speciation-of-mercury-in-water-of-a-contaminated-lagoon
#17
T Stoichev, E Tessier, D Amouroux, C M Almeida, M C P Basto, V M Vasconcelos
Spatial and seasonal variation of mercury species aqueous concentrations and distributions was carried out during six sampling campaigns at four locations within Laranjo Bay, the most mercury-contaminated area of the Aveiro Lagoon (Portugal). Inorganic mercury (IHg(II)) and methylmercury (MeHg) were determined in filter-retained (IHgPART, MeHgPART) and filtered (<0.45μm) fractions (IHg(II)DISS, MeHgDISS). The concentrations of IHgPART depended on site and on dilution with downstream particles. Similar processes were evidenced for MeHgPART, however, its concentrations increased for particles rich in phaeophytin (Pha)...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27472028/effect-of-copper-contaminated-food-on-the-life-cycle-and-secondary-production-of-daphnia-laevis
#18
Giseli S Rocha, Alessandra E Tonietto, Ana T Lombardi, Maria da G G Melão
In aquatic environments, copper (Cu) plays important physiological roles in planktonic food chain, such as electron transfer in photosynthesis and constituting proteins that transport oxygen in some arthropods, while at higher concentrations it is toxic on these organisms and higher trophic levels. The combined effects of natural (e.g. volcanic activity) and anthropogenic sources (e.g. mining waste) contribute to the increase in copper pollution in different ecosystems and regions around the world. In the present study, we evaluated the bioaccumulation and effect of Cu on Raphidocelis subcapitata (freshwater algae), and the influence of Cu-contaminated food (algae) on Daphnia laevis (tropical cladoceran)...
November 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27441705/hydrological-controls-on-ecosystem-dynamics-in-lake-fryxell-antarctica
#19
Radu Herbei, Alexander L Rytel, W Berry Lyons, Diane M McKnight, Christopher Jaros, Michael N Gooseff, John C Priscu
The McMurdo Dry Valleys constitute the largest ice free area of Antarctica. The area is a polar desert with an annual precipitation of ∼ 3 cm water equivalent, but contains several lakes fed by glacial melt water streams that flow from four to twelve weeks of the year. Over the past ∼20 years, data have been collected on the lakes located in Taylor Valley, Antarctica as part of the McMurdo Dry Valley Long-Term Ecological Research program (MCM-LTER). This work aims to understand the impact of climate variations on the biological processes in all the ecosystem types within Taylor Valley, including the lakes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27348854/polysaccharide-utilisation-loci-of-bacteroidetes-from-two-contrasting-open-ocean-sites-in-the-north-atlantic
#20
Christin M Bennke, Karen Krüger, Lennart Kappelmann, Sixing Huang, Angélique Gobet, Margarete Schüler, Valérie Barbe, Bernhard M Fuchs, Gurvan Michel, Hanno Teeling, Rudolf I Amann
Marine Bacteroidetes have pronounced capabilities of degrading high molecular weight organic matter such as proteins and polysaccharides. Previously we reported on 76 Bacteroidetes-affiliated fosmids from the North Atlantic Ocean's boreal polar and oligotrophic subtropical provinces. Here, we report on the analysis of further 174 fosmids from the same libraries. The combined, re-assembled dataset (226 contigs; 8.8 Mbp) suggests that planktonic Bacteroidetes at the oligotrophic southern station use more peptides and bacterial and animal polysaccharides, whereas Bacteroidetes at the polar station (East-Greenland Current) use more algal and plant polysaccharides...
December 2016: Environmental Microbiology
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