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Temporal dynamics of bacterial and fungal colonization on plastic debris in the North Sea

Caroline De Tender UGent, Lisa I Devriese, Annelies Haegeman, Sara Maes, Jürgen Vangeyte, André Cattrijsse, Peter Dawyndt UGent and Tom Ruttink (2017) ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. 51(13). p.7350-7360
abstract
Despite growing evidence that biofilm formation on plastic debris in the marine environment may be essential for its biodegradation, the underlying processes have yet to be fully understood. Thus, far, bacterial biofilm formation had only been studied after short-term exposure or on floating plastic, yet a prominent share of plastic litter accumulates on the seafloor. In this study, we explored the taxonomic composition of bacterial and fungal communities on polyethylene plastic sheets and dolly ropes during longterm exposure on the seafloor, both at a harbor and an:offshore location in the Belgian part of the North Sea. We reconstructed the sequence of events during biofilin formation on plastic in the harbor environment and identified a core bacteriome and subsets of bacterial indicator species for early, intermediate, and late stages of biofilm formation. Additionally, by implementing ITS2 metabarcoding on plastic debris, we identified and characterized for the first time fungal genera on plastic debris. Surprisingly, none of the plastics exposed to offshore conditions displayed the typical signature of a late stage biofilm, suggesting that biofilm formation is severely hampered in the natural environment where most plastic debris accumulates.
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LOW-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE, BIOFILM FORMATION, MICROBIAL BIOFILMS, BELGIAN PART, MARINE, BIODEGRADATION, DEGRADATION, COMMUNITIES, WATERS, POLY(ETHYLENE-TEREPHTHALATE)
journal title
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Environ. Sci. Technol.
volume
51
issue
13
pages
7350 - 7360
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000405056200006
ISSN
0013-936X
1520-5851
DOI
10.1021/acs.est.7b00697
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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8533004
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8533004
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2017-10-03 11:46:14
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2017-10-13 12:02:09
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  abstract     = {Despite growing evidence that biofilm formation on plastic debris in the marine environment may be essential for its biodegradation, the underlying processes have yet to be fully understood. Thus, far, bacterial biofilm formation had only been studied after short-term exposure or on floating plastic, yet a prominent share of plastic litter accumulates on the seafloor. In this study, we explored the taxonomic composition of bacterial and fungal communities on polyethylene plastic sheets and dolly ropes during longterm exposure on the seafloor, both at a harbor and an:offshore location in the Belgian part of the North Sea. We reconstructed the sequence of events during biofilin formation on plastic in the harbor environment and identified a core bacteriome and subsets of bacterial indicator species for early, intermediate, and late stages of biofilm formation. Additionally, by implementing ITS2 metabarcoding on plastic debris, we identified and characterized for the first time fungal genera on plastic debris. Surprisingly, none of the plastics exposed to offshore conditions displayed the typical signature of a late stage biofilm, suggesting that biofilm formation is severely hampered in the natural environment where most plastic debris accumulates.},
  author       = {De Tender, Caroline and Devriese, Lisa I and Haegeman, Annelies and Maes, Sara and Vangeyte, J{\"u}rgen and Cattrijsse, Andr{\'e} and Dawyndt, Peter and Ruttink, Tom},
  issn         = {0013-936X},
  journal      = {ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE \& TECHNOLOGY},
  keyword      = {LOW-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE,BIOFILM FORMATION,MICROBIAL BIOFILMS,BELGIAN PART,MARINE,BIODEGRADATION,DEGRADATION,COMMUNITIES,WATERS,POLY(ETHYLENE-TEREPHTHALATE)},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {13},
  pages        = {7350--7360},
  title        = {Temporal dynamics of bacterial and fungal colonization on plastic debris in the North Sea},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b00697},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2017},
}

Chicago
De Tender, Caroline, Lisa I Devriese, Annelies Haegeman, Sara Maes, Jürgen Vangeyte, André Cattrijsse, Peter Dawyndt, and Tom Ruttink. 2017. “Temporal Dynamics of Bacterial and Fungal Colonization on Plastic Debris in the North Sea.” Environmental Science & Technology 51 (13): 7350–7360.
APA
De Tender, Caroline, Devriese, L. I., Haegeman, A., Maes, S., Vangeyte, J., Cattrijsse, A., Dawyndt, P., et al. (2017). Temporal dynamics of bacterial and fungal colonization on plastic debris in the North Sea. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 51(13), 7350–7360.
Vancouver
1.
De Tender C, Devriese LI, Haegeman A, Maes S, Vangeyte J, Cattrijsse A, et al. Temporal dynamics of bacterial and fungal colonization on plastic debris in the North Sea. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. 2017;51(13):7350–60.
MLA
De Tender, Caroline, Lisa I Devriese, Annelies Haegeman, et al. “Temporal Dynamics of Bacterial and Fungal Colonization on Plastic Debris in the North Sea.” ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 51.13 (2017): 7350–7360. Print.