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Influence of humic substances on bacterial and viral dynamics in freshwaters


Anesio, AM and Hollas, CB and Graneli, W and Laybourn-Parry, J, Influence of humic substances on bacterial and viral dynamics in freshwaters, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 70, (8) pp. 4848-4854. ISSN 0099-2240 (2004) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1128/AEM.70.8.4848–4854.2004


Bacterial and viral abundances were measured in 24 lakes with dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations ranging from 3 to 19 mg of C liter1. In addition, a laboratory experiment was performed to test the effects of different sources of carbon (i.e., glucose and fulvic acids) and nutrients on the dynamics of viruses and bacteria. In the lake survey, no correlation was found between virus abundance and DOC concentration, yet there was a significant positive correlation between bacterial abundance and DOC concentration. A negative correlation was found between the virus-to-bacteria ratio and DOC level. These results are in agreement with our findings in the laboratory, where virus counts were significantly lower in treatments with fulvic acid additions than in a control (mean, 67.4% 6.5% of the control). Virus counts did not differ significantly among the control and treatments with glucose, indicating that it was the type of organic carbon and not quantity which had an impact on viruses. Results from this study suggest that the way viruses control bacterial assemblages in humic lakes is different from the mechanism in clear water systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Laybourn-Parry, J (Professor Johanna Laybourn-Parry)
ID Code:49456
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:36
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2007-12-12
Last Modified:2022-07-06
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