Analysis of the microbial community and geochemistry of a sediment core from Great Slave Lake, Canada

Lim, Jesmine, Woodward, John, Tulaczyk, Slawek, Christoffersen, Poul and Cummings, Stephen (2011) Analysis of the microbial community and geochemistry of a sediment core from Great Slave Lake, Canada. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 99 (2). pp. 423-430. ISSN 0003-6072

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Sediment cores taken from Great SlaveLake, Canada, were analysed to investigate theirmetabolically active microbial populations and geochemistry. The amplification of cDNA detectedmetabolically active bacterial (50 separate bands)and archaeal (49 separate band) communities. The bacterial communities were further resolved indicating active actinobacterial and c-proteobacterial communities(36 and 43 individual bands respectively).Redundancy discriminate analysis and Monte Carlopermutation testing demonstrated the significantimpact of geochemical parameters on microbial community structures. Geochemical analyses suggest that the upper 0.4 m represents soil weathering and erosion in the lake catchment. An increase in organic carbon in the lower core suggests either more primary productivity, indicating warmer climate conditions, associated with Holocene Climatic Optimum conditions pre 5,000 years BP or change from a reducing environment in the lower core to an oxidizing environment during more recent deposition. Drivers for bacterial, archaeal and actinobacterial community structures were sediment particle size, and its mineral composition. Depth also significantly affected cproteobacterial community structure. In contrast the organic carbon content did not significantly shape the microbial community structures within the sediment. This study indicates that geochemical parameters significantly contribute to microbial community structure in these sediments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Great Slave Lake, microbial community analyses, geochemistry
Subjects: C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
C900 Others in Biological Sciences
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2011 15:43
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 18:26

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