Spatial variation of sediment bacterial community in an acid mine drainage contaminated area and surrounding river basin

Dongmei Hou, Pan Zhang, Jiachao Zhang, Yaoyu Zhou, Yuan Yang, Qiming Mao, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Avelino Núñez-Delgado, Lin Luo

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Microbial community is sensitive to the variations of environment, and it plays an important role in biogeochemical cycling in acid mine drainage (AMD). In this study, an integrated high-throughput absolute abundance quantification (iHAAQ) method was applied to study the dynamics of microbial community and the characteristics of microorganism. The results showed a significant difference in bacterial community with diversity being higher in watershed area. The main influential factors for bacterial communities in watershed were physicochemical properties (e.g., pH and potassium), while in mining areas the main driving factors were metals/metalloids (e.g., As, Zn, and Pb). Notably, the major functions of microbial community were transporter and ABC transporter in mining area, while two-component system was more abundant in watershed by the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) annotation analysis (level 3). In particular, Phyllobacterium, Bacteroides, and Sulfurovum were demonstrated to be potentially useful bacterial species for bioremediation, which should be a good choice for future studies. These results could facilitate our understanding of microbial diversity in different sediments of mining areas and identify microbial communities for bioremediation projects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109542
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • Driving factors
  • Functional prediction
  • iHAAQ
  • Microbial community
  • Potentially functional bacteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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