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A comparative hierarchical analysis of bacterioplankton and biofilm metacommunity structure in an interconnected pond system

(2018) ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY. 20(3). p.1271-1282
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It is unknown whether bacterioplankton and biofilm communities are structured by the same ecological processes, and whether they influence each other through continuous dispersal (known as mass effects). Using a hierarchical sampling approach we compared the relative importance of ecological processes structuring the dominant fraction (relative abundance 0.1%) of bacterioplankton and biofilm communities from three microhabitats (open water, Nuphar and Phragmites sites) at within- and among-pond scale in a set of 14 interconnected shallow ponds. Our results demonstrate that while bacterioplankton and biofilm communities are highly distinct, a similar hierarchy of ecological processes is acting on them. For both community types, most variation in community composition was determined by pond identity and environmental variables, with no effect of space. The highest -diversity within each community type was observed among ponds, while microhabitat type (Nuphar, Phragmites, open water) significantly influenced biofilm communities but not bacterioplankton. Mass effects among bacterioplankton and biofilm communities were not detected, as suggested by the absence of within-site covariation of biofilm and bacterioplankton communities. Both biofilm and plankton communities were thus highly structured by environmental factors (i.e., species sorting), with among-lake variation being more important than within-lake variation, whereas dispersal limitation and mass effects were not observed.
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BACTERIAL COMMUNITY COMPOSITION, FRESH-WATER LAKE, ECOLOGICAL DATA, PSEUDOMONAS-AERUGINOSA, MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES, SPECIES-DIVERSITY, SPATIAL PROCESSES, LOCAL PROCESSES, BETA-DIVERSITY, SCALES

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Souffreau, Caroline, Pieter Busschaert, Carla Denis, Jeroen Van Wichelen, Bart Lievens, Wim Vyverman, and Luc De Meester. 2018. “A Comparative Hierarchical Analysis of Bacterioplankton and Biofilm Metacommunity Structure in an Interconnected Pond System.” Environmental Microbiology 20 (3): 1271–1282.
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Souffreau, C., Busschaert, P., Denis, C., Van Wichelen, J., Lievens, B., Vyverman, W., & De Meester, L. (2018). A comparative hierarchical analysis of bacterioplankton and biofilm metacommunity structure in an interconnected pond system. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 20(3), 1271–1282.
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Souffreau C, Busschaert P, Denis C, Van Wichelen J, Lievens B, Vyverman W, et al. A comparative hierarchical analysis of bacterioplankton and biofilm metacommunity structure in an interconnected pond system. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY. 2018;20(3):1271–82.
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Souffreau, Caroline, Pieter Busschaert, Carla Denis, et al. “A Comparative Hierarchical Analysis of Bacterioplankton and Biofilm Metacommunity Structure in an Interconnected Pond System.” ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 20.3 (2018): 1271–1282. Print.
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  abstract     = {It is unknown whether bacterioplankton and biofilm communities are structured by the same ecological processes, and whether they influence each other through continuous dispersal (known as mass effects). Using a hierarchical sampling approach we compared the relative importance of ecological processes structuring the dominant fraction (relative abundance 0.1\%) of bacterioplankton and biofilm communities from three microhabitats (open water, Nuphar and Phragmites sites) at within- and among-pond scale in a set of 14 interconnected shallow ponds. Our results demonstrate that while bacterioplankton and biofilm communities are highly distinct, a similar hierarchy of ecological processes is acting on them. For both community types, most variation in community composition was determined by pond identity and environmental variables, with no effect of space. The highest -diversity within each community type was observed among ponds, while microhabitat type (Nuphar, Phragmites, open water) significantly influenced biofilm communities but not bacterioplankton. Mass effects among bacterioplankton and biofilm communities were not detected, as suggested by the absence of within-site covariation of biofilm and bacterioplankton communities. Both biofilm and plankton communities were thus highly structured by environmental factors (i.e., species sorting), with among-lake variation being more important than within-lake variation, whereas dispersal limitation and mass effects were not observed.},
  author       = {Souffreau, Caroline and Busschaert, Pieter and Denis, Carla and Van Wichelen, Jeroen and Lievens, Bart and Vyverman, Wim and De Meester, Luc},
  issn         = {1462-2912},
  journal      = {ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY},
  keyword      = {BACTERIAL COMMUNITY COMPOSITION,FRESH-WATER LAKE,ECOLOGICAL DATA,PSEUDOMONAS-AERUGINOSA,MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES,SPECIES-DIVERSITY,SPATIAL PROCESSES,LOCAL PROCESSES,BETA-DIVERSITY,SCALES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {1271--1282},
  title        = {A comparative hierarchical analysis of bacterioplankton and biofilm metacommunity structure in an interconnected pond system},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14073},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2018},
}

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