High vertical and low horizontal diversity of Prochlorococcus ecotypes in the Mediterranean Sea in summer
Garczarek, Laurence, Dufresne, Alexis, Rousvoal, Sylvie, West, Nyree J., Mazard, Sophie, Marie, Dominique, Claustre, Herve, Raimbault, Patrick, Post, Anton F., Scanlan, David J. and Partensky, Frederic. (2007) High vertical and low horizontal diversity of Prochlorococcus ecotypes in the Mediterranean Sea in summer. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Vol.60 (No.2). pp. 189-206. ISSN 0168-6496Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6941.2007.00297.x
Natural populations of the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus exist as two main ecotypes, inhabiting different layers of the ocean's photic zone. These so-called high light- (HL-) and low light (LL-) adapted ecotypes are both physiologically and genetically distinct. HL strains can be separated into two major clades (HLI and HLII), whereas LL strains are more diverse. Here, we used several molecular techniques to study the genetic diversity of natural Prochlorococcus populations during the Prosope cruise in the Mediterranean Sea in the summer of 1999. Using a dot blot hybridization technique, we found that HLI was the dominant HL group and was confined to the upper mixed layer. In contrast, LL ecotypes were only found below the thermocline. Secondly, a restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of PCR-amplified pcb genes (encoding the major light-harvesting proteins of Prochlorococcus) suggested that there were at least four genetically different ecotypes, occupying distinct but overlapping light niches in the photic zone. At comparable depths, similar banding patterns were observed throughout the sampled area, suggesting a horizontal homogenization of ecotypes. Nevertheless, environmental pcb gene sequences retrieved from different depths at two stations proved all different at the nucleotide level, suggesting a large genetic microdiversity within those ecotypes.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QR Microbiology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- ) > Biological Sciences ( -2010)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||FEMS Microbiology Ecology|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||May 2007|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 189-206|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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