Journal article

Heterogeneity of archaeal and bacterial ammonia-oxidizing communities in Lake Taihu, China

Yucheng Wu, Yan Xiang, Jianjun Wang, Jicheng Zhong, Jizheng He, Qinglong L Wu

Environmental Microbiology Reports | WILEY | Published : 2010


Ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and bacteria (AOB) communities within the surface sediments of Lake Taihu, a large eutrophic freshwater lake in China, were investigated using molecular approaches targeting the ammonia monooxygenase subunit A (amoA) gene. Large intra-lake variability in the composition and the relative abundance of both groups of ammonia-oxidizing prokaryotes was observed. Archaeal amoA far outnumbered bacterial amoA at most sites except those located in the Eastern Taihu Bay. This bay, which is used for intensive pen aquaculture, harboured the most unique AOA communities but was dominated by AOB in terms of relative abundance. Accumulation of organic substances rather than p..

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Awarded by National Basic Research Program of China

Awarded by NSFC

Awarded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation

Awarded by Jiangsu Postdoctoral Research Funds

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Guang Gao, Chengxin Fan, Guofeng Liu and Xiangming Tang for kind assistance with field and laboratory work. We also thank Jupei Shen for helps with quantitative PCR analysis and Zhongjun Jia for valuable advices. This study was financially supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (2008CB418104) and NSFC (40730528). Y. Wu was supported by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (200801382 and 20080431127), by the Jiangsu Postdoctoral Research Funds (0702057C), and by a postdoctoral fellowship from K.C. Wong Education Foundation, Hong Kong.