AME 55:81-93 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/ame01283

Influence of allochthonous matter on microbial community structure and function in an upwelling system off the northwest Iberian Peninsula

Eva Teira*, María Aranguren-Gassis, Jose González, Sandra Martínez-García, Patricia Pérez, Pablo Serret

Departamento de Ecoloxía e Bioloxía Animal, Universidade de Vigo, Campus Lagoas-Marcosende, 36310 Vigo, Spain

ABSTRACT: The input of allochthonous matter of continental origin to coastal zones globally may cause changes in the activity (function) as well as the taxonomic composition (structure) of the microbial plankton community. The goal of the present study was the simultaneous analysis of microbial plankton community structure (size-fractionated phytoplankton biomass, bacterial community composition) and function (particulate and dissolved primary production, bacterial production, microbial plankton community respiration) in the northwest Iberian coastal transition zone during a dry (February 2005) and a rainy (October 2005) period. An influence of freshwater input was observed in October, even at an offshore site, but not in February. We found an autotrophic community dominated by picophytoplankton during both sampling periods. In contrast, the bacterial groups Beta- and Gammaproteobacteria were significantly more abundant during the high precipitation period. Primary production rates were low and similar during both sampling periods; however, bacterial production was 8-fold and community respiration was 3-fold higher in October than in February. Consequently, the microbial community metabolism was net autotrophic in February and net heterotrophic in October. The high precipitation and the significant presence of bacteria belonging to the Betaproteobacteria, typical for freshwater systems, in October compared to February, strongly suggest an influence of material of continental origin on microbial metabolism in this coastal transition zone.


KEY WORDS: Microbial plankton structure · Primary production · Bacterial production · Respiration · Allochthonous matter · NW Iberian Peninsula


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Cite this article as: Teira E, Aranguren-Gassis M, González J, Martínez-García S, Pérez P, Serret P (2009) Influence of allochthonous matter on microbial community structure and function in an upwelling system off the northwest Iberian Peninsula. Aquat Microb Ecol 55:81-93. https://doi.org/10.3354/ame01283

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