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SAR11 dominance among metabolically active low nucleic acid bacterioplankton in surface waters along an Atlantic meridional transect

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Fuchs,  B. M.
Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Amann,  R.
Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Zubkov,  M. V.
Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Mary, I., Heywood, J. L., Fuchs, B. M., Amann, R., Tarran, G. A., Burkill, P. H., et al. (2006). SAR11 dominance among metabolically active low nucleic acid bacterioplankton in surface waters along an Atlantic meridional transect. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 45(2), 107-113.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-CEFA-E
Abstract
Low nucleic acid (LNA) bacterioplankton (sorted by flow cytometry) were characterised in surface water samples along a meridional transect from 48°N to 40°S across the Atlantic Ocean. The LNA bacterioplankton abundance and metabolic activity, assessed by their 35S-methionine uptake rate, were similar along the transect, representing 36 ± 6 and 36 ± 11% of total bacterioplankton, respectively. Fluorescence in situ hybridisation analysis of the flow-sorted cells revealed that the LNA bacterioplankton population was dominated (59 ± 4%) by and contained virtually all the identifiable SAR11 clade cells throughout the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore, the present study provides ecological characterisation of this flow-sorted group and suggests both phylogenetic and functional constancy of the LNA bacterioplankton at the basin-scale.