Different influences of bacterial communities on Fe (III) reduction and phosphorus availability in sediments of the cyanobacteria-and macrophyte-dominated zones

Xianfang Fan, Shiming Ding, Mengdan Gong, Musong Chen, Shuai Shuai Gao, Zengfeng Jin, Daniel C.W. Tsang

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Little is known about the effects of bacterial community on iron (Fe) and phosphorus (P) cycles in sediments under different primary producer habitats in different seasons. Lake Taihu has both the cyanobacteria- And macrophyte-dominated lake zones. In this work, the abundance and structure of bacterial community was investigated using qPCR and 16S rRNA gene high throughput sequencing, respectively. Compared with the sediments in the cyanobacteria-dominated lake zone, sediments in the macrophyte-dominated lake zone had higher TP, TOC and TN contents but lower DO and Eh values. Dissolved reactive P, dissolved Fe, and their molar ratios (Fe/P) were lower in the sediments of the cyanobacteria-dominated lake zone than those in the macrophyte-dominated lake zone. Consistent with this was the significantly lower abundance of total and typical Fe redox transforming bacteria in the sediment of the cyanobacteria-dominated lake zone than those in the macrophyte-dominated lake zone. Correlation analyses also revealed positive influence of abundances of total bacteria and typical Fe reducing bacteria on dissolved Fe and Fe/P ratio. The results showed that, in the cyanobacteria-dominated open water zone, Acidimicrobiaceae was capable of Fe metabolism, contributing to higher P flux in summer. In the cyanobacteria-dominated bay, Sva0081 sediment group and Desulfobulbaceae could transform sulfate to sulfide, which resulted in the reduction of Fe (III), while in the macrophyte-dominated zones, Clostridium sensu stricto 1 could couple oxidation of organic carbon with the reduction of Fe (III). The present study adds new knowledge linking the bacterial communities with the physicochemical cycles of Fe and P in sediments under different primary producer habitats.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2636
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Issue numberNOV
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2018


  • Bacterial abundance and community composition
  • Dissolved reactive phosphorus
  • Eutrophication
  • Freshwater sediment
  • Hr-peeper
  • Iron reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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