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Seasonal variation in the function and diversity of methanotrophs in the littoral wetland of a boreal eutrophic lake


Siljanen, HMP and Saari, A and Bodrossy, L and Martikanen, PJ, Seasonal variation in the function and diversity of methanotrophs in the littoral wetland of a boreal eutrophic lake, FEMS Microbiology Ecology: (Federation of European Microbiological Societies), 80, (3) pp. 548-555. ISSN 0168-6496 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Federation of European Microbiological Societies

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2012.01321.x


Littoral wetlands are responsible for most of the total methane (CH4) emissions from lake ecosystems. We show that seasonally variable hydrological and temperature conditions in the littoral wetland of a eutrophic boreal lake affect the community composition and gene transcription of methanotrophs measured by a particulate methane monooxygenase (pmoA) gene-targeted microarray. Type Ib freshwater-cluster methanotrophs were favoured by the high water level, and CH4 oxidation was positively correlated with their pmoA gene transcripts. In the dry subsite of the wetland, the more stagnant hydrological conditions in summer and autumn induced the dominance of type II methanotrophs over type I methanotrophs (community composition and pmoA gene transcripts). The relative abundance of type II methanotrophs increased in winter. The results provide new insight into the variation of methanotroph communities across seasons in littoral wetlands.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:littoral wetland, methanotrophs, methane oxidation, seasonal variation, pmoA gene, pmoA transcription
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Impact Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Author:Bodrossy, L (Dr Levente Bodrossy)
ID Code:116422
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-05-10
Last Modified:2017-09-04

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