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Advection shapes Southern Ocean microbial assemblages independent of distance and environment effects


Wilkins, D and van Sebille, E and Rintoul, SR and Lauro, FM and Cavicchioli, R, Advection shapes Southern Ocean microbial assemblages independent of distance and environment effects, Nature Communications, 4 Article 2457. ISSN 2041-1723 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/ncomms3457


Although environmental selection and spatial separation have been shown to shape the distribution and abundance of marine microorganisms, the effects of advection (physical transport) have not been directly tested. Here we examine 25 samples covering all major water masses of the Southern Ocean to determine the effects of advection on microbial biogeography. Even when environmental factors and spatial separation are controlled for, there is a positive correlation between advection distance and taxonomic dissimilarity, indicating that an 'advection effect' has a role in shaping marine microbial community composition. This effect is likely due to the advection of cells increasing the probability that upstream microorganisms will colonize downstream sites. Our study shows that in addition to distance and environmental selection, advection shapes the composition of marine microbial communities. © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:microbiology, Southern Ocean, marine microbial communities
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Rintoul, SR (Dr Steve Rintoul)
ID Code:89801
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:95
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-03-14
Last Modified:2015-02-02

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