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Bacterial growth and mortality after deposition of saharan dust and mixed aerosols in the eastern mediterranean sea: A mesocosm experiment

Tsiola, Anastasia; Tsagaraki, Tatiana M.; Giannakourou, Antonia; Nikolioudakis, Nikolaos; Yücel, Nebil; Herut, Barak; Pitta, Paraskevi;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2017
Publisher: Frontiers Media S. A
Country: Turkey

The impact of viral lysis and grazing by flagellates on bacterioplankton production was assessed during a mesocosm experiment in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, in response to Saharan dust (SD) vs. mixed aerosols (A) addition. The results highlight a positive effect on bacterial abundance, production and growth rate (~1.2, ~2.4, and ~1.9-fold higher than the controls) in both SD and A, which was also confirmed by the increased portion of high DNA content bacteria (up to 48% of the bacterial community). Lytic viral production and the portion of bacterial production lost due to viral lysis were lower in SD and A after dust addition than in the controls (0.33 ± 0.17 × 106 virus-like particles mL-1 h-1 and 6 ± 4%, respectively). Potential ingestion rate of bacteria by flagellates increased upon dust enrichment, but did not differ between mesocosms. Larger predators possibly down regulated flagellate abundance, and the calculated portion of bacterial production lost due to flagellate grazing was probably an artifact. Higher frequency of lysogenic cells in A compared to SD and the controls four days after dust addition may reflect faster phosphorus limitation in A, due to receiving less dissolved inorganic phosphorus and more dissolved inorganic nitrogen than SD.

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WOS: 000457690600057


Mesocosm Experiment, East Mediterranean, Dust, Aerosols, lysis, lysogeny, Viruses | Bacteriophages | Viral abundance, Environmental Sciences | Marine & Freshwater Biology

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