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Environmental factors shaping the ecological niches of ammonia-oxidizing archaea

(2009) FEMS MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS. 33(5). p.855-869
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For more than 100 years it was believed that bacteria were the only group responsible for the oxidation of ammonia. However, recently, a new strain of archaea bearing a putative ammonia monooxygenase subunit A (amoA) gene and able to oxidize ammonia was isolated from a marine aquarium tank. Ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) were subsequently discovered in many ecosystems of varied characteristics and even found as the predominant causal organisms in some environments. Here, we summarize the current knowledge on the environmental conditions related to the presence of AOA and discuss the possible site-related properties. Considering these data, we deduct the possible niches of AOA based on pH, sulfide and phosphate levels. It is proposed that the AOA might be important actors within the nitrogen cycle in low-nutrient, low-pH, and sulfide-containing environments.
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MICROBIAL COMMUNITY, RELATIVE ABUNDANCE, BLACK-SEA, NITROGEN-CYCLE, WASTE-WATER, FRESH-WATER SEDIMENTS, phosphorous, dissolved oxygen, crenarchaeota, anammox, ammonia-oxidizing bacteria, ammonium, SULFIDE OXIDATION, IMPORTANT PLAYERS, MARINE-SEDIMENTS, MEMBRANE-LIPIDS

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Erguder, Tuba H, Nico Boon, Lieven Wittebolle, Massimo Marzorati, and Willy Verstraete. 2009. “Environmental Factors Shaping the Ecological Niches of Ammonia-oxidizing Archaea.” Fems Microbiology Reviews 33 (5): 855–869.
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Erguder, Tuba H, Boon, N., Wittebolle, L., Marzorati, M., & Verstraete, W. (2009). Environmental factors shaping the ecological niches of ammonia-oxidizing archaea. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS, 33(5), 855–869.
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Erguder TH, Boon N, Wittebolle L, Marzorati M, Verstraete W. Environmental factors shaping the ecological niches of ammonia-oxidizing archaea. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS. 2009;33(5):855–69.
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Erguder, Tuba H, Nico Boon, Lieven Wittebolle, et al. “Environmental Factors Shaping the Ecological Niches of Ammonia-oxidizing Archaea.” FEMS MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS 33.5 (2009): 855–869. Print.
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  abstract     = {For more than 100 years it was believed that bacteria were the only group responsible for the oxidation of ammonia. However, recently, a new strain of archaea bearing a putative ammonia monooxygenase subunit A (amoA) gene and able to oxidize ammonia was isolated from a marine aquarium tank. Ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) were subsequently discovered in many ecosystems of varied characteristics and even found as the predominant causal organisms in some environments. Here, we summarize the current knowledge on the environmental conditions related to the presence of AOA and discuss the possible site-related properties. Considering these data, we deduct the possible niches of AOA based on pH, sulfide and phosphate levels. It is proposed that the AOA might be important actors within the nitrogen cycle in low-nutrient, low-pH, and sulfide-containing environments.},
  author       = {Erguder, Tuba H and Boon, Nico and Wittebolle, Lieven and Marzorati, Massimo and Verstraete, Willy},
  issn         = {0168-6445},
  journal      = {FEMS MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {855--869},
  title        = {Environmental factors shaping the ecological niches of ammonia-oxidizing archaea},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6976.2009.00179.x},
  volume       = {33},
  year         = {2009},
}

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