Distribution and drivers of symbiotic and free-living diazotrophic cyanobacteria in the Western Tropical South Pacific

Type Article
Date 2018-03
Language English
Author(s) Stenegren Marcus1, Caputo Andrea1, Berg Carlo2, Bonnet Sophie3, 4, 5, Foster Rachel A.1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Stockholm Univ, Dept Ecol Environm & Plant Sci, Stockholm, Sweden.
2 : Linnaeus Univ, Dept Biol & Environm Sci, Sci Life Lab, Kalmar, Sweden.
3 : Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Marseille, France.
4 : Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Noumea, New Caledonia.
5 : Inst Rech Dev, Mediterranean Inst Oceanog, Marseille, France.
Source Biogeosciences (1726-4170) (Copernicus Gesellschaft Mbh), 2018-03 , Vol. 15 , N. 5 , P. 1559-1578
DOI 10.5194/bg-15-1559-2018
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Note Special issue Interactions between planktonic organisms and biogeochemical cycles across trophic and N2 fixation gradients in the western tropical South Pacific Ocean: a multidisciplinary approach (OUTPACE experiment) Editor(s): T. Moutin, S. Bonnet, K. Richards, D. G. Capone, E. Marañón, and L. Mémery

The abundance and distribution of cyanobacterial diazotrophs were quantified in two regions (Melanesian archipelago, MA and subtropical gyre, SG) of the Western Tropical South Pacific using nifH qPCR assays. UCYN-A1 and A2 host populations were quantified using 18S rRNA qPCR assays including one newly developed assay. All phylotypes were detected in the upper photic zone (0–50 m), with higher abundances in the MA region. Trichodesmium and UCYN-B dominated, composing 81–100 % of nifH copies detected. Het-1 was the next most abundant, and co-occurred with het-2 and het-3. The two UCYN-A lineages were least abundant (<1.0–1.5 % of total nifH copies) and poorly detected (> 47 %). Abundance of the UCYN-A hosts mirrored their respective symbionts; UCYN-A1 and A2 however were detected while their respective hosts were below detection, suggesting a lower partner fidelity or free-living life history. Pairwise comparisons of abundance and environmental parameters supported two groups: deep (45 m) comprised of UCYN-A and surface (0–15m) comprised of Trichodesmium, het-1 and het-2, while UCYN-B overlapped. Temperature, salinity, and PAR, were positively correlated with the latter abundances except UCYN-A. Similar results were identified in a meta-analysis of 11 external datasets. Combined, our results indicate that conditions favoring the UCYN-A symbiosis differ from those of diatom diazotroph associations and free-living diazotrophs.

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