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Use of glucose biosensors to measure extracellular glucose exudation by intertidal microphytobenthos in southern Tasmania


McMinn, A and Lee, S, Use of glucose biosensors to measure extracellular glucose exudation by intertidal microphytobenthos in southern Tasmania, Journal of Phycology, 54, (3) pp. 410-418. ISSN 0022-3646 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/jpy.12641


Micro glucose biosensors were used to measure net extracellular glucose produced by natural microphytobenthos and three diatom cultures (Amphora coffeaeformis, Navicula menisculus, Nitzschia longissima) from southern Tasmania, Australia. They were exposed to a light gradient in either nutrient‐replete or nutrient‐limiting conditions. Glucose exudation in the natural communities increased with increased light but the response in the cultures was variable. Similarly, nutrient‐replete conditions elicited lower rates of glucose exudation in the natural communities but produced variable species‐specific responses in the cultures. Increased glucose exudation mostly correlated with a reduction in maximum quantum yield (Fv/Fm). The same trend was observed in the natural communities for relative maximum electron transfer rates (rETRmax) but responses in the cultures were again variable and species‐specific. Responses of the three species to increased light and nutrient deficiency were variable, although glucose exudation, Fv/Fm and rETRmax was mostly lower in the nutrient‐limited media. In a second set of experiments species/communities were treated with/without antibiotics. In the dark, glucose concentrations in treatments with antibiotics remained unchanged, while in those with bacteria, it fell rapidly. In the sediment communities, glucose consumption in the dark was ∼25% the rate of exudation at the highest light level. In culture, exudation rates were up to 100% greater than those with active bacteria. Rates of glucose consumption in the dark in the antibiotic–treated samples were negligible and up to 104 times lower than those with active bacteria. These results demonstrate the important role extracellular glucose exudation has on maintaining an active microbial loop.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bacteria, biosensor, glucose, light, microphytobenthos, MPB, nutrients
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
UTAS Author:Lee, S (Mr Shi Lee)
ID Code:129496
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-12-03
Last Modified:2019-04-26

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