Modified niche optima and breadths explain the historical contingency of bacterial community responses to eutrophication in coastal sediments

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/622820
Title:
Modified niche optima and breadths explain the historical contingency of bacterial community responses to eutrophication in coastal sediments
Authors:
Fodelianakis, Stylianos ( 0000-0003-2186-6009 ) ; Moustakas, A.; Papageorgiou, N.; Manoli, O.; Tsikopoulou, I.; Michoud, Gregoire ( 0000-0003-1071-9900 ) ; Daffonchio, Daniele ( 0000-0003-0947-925X ) ; Karakassis, I.; Ladoukakis, E. D.
Abstract:
Previous studies have shown that the response of bacterial communities to disturbances depends on their environmental history. Historically fluctuating habitats host communities that respond better to disturbance than communities of historically stable habitats. However, the exact ecological mechanism that drives this dependency remains unknown. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that modifications of niche optima and niche breadths of the community members are driving this dependency of bacterial responses to past environmental conditions. First, we develop a novel, simple method to calculate the niche optima and breadths of bacterial taxa regarding single environmental gradients. Then, we test this method on sediment bacterial communities of three habitats, one historically stable and less loaded and two historically more variable and more loaded habitats in terms of historical chlorophyll-α water concentration, that we subject to hypoxia via organic matter addition ex situ. We find that communities containing bacterial taxa differently adapted to hypoxia show different structural and functional responses, depending on the sediment's environmental history. Specifically, in the historically less fluctuating and loaded sediments where we find more taxa poorly adapted to hypoxic conditions, communities change a lot over time and organic matter is not degraded efficiently. The opposite is true for the historically more fluctuating and loaded sediments where we find more taxa well adapted to hypoxia. Based on the community responses observed here, we also propose an alternative calculation of community resistance that takes into account how rapidly the communities respond to disturbances and not just the initial and final states of the community.
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Citation:
Fodelianakis S, Moustakas A, Papageorgiou N, Manoli O, Tsikopoulou I, et al. (2016) Modified niche optima and breadths explain the historical contingency of bacterial community responses to eutrophication in coastal sediments. Molecular Ecology. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13842.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Molecular Ecology
Issue Date:
23-Sep-2016
DOI:
10.1111/mec.13842
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0962-1083
Sponsors:
S.F., G.M. and D.D. were supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The sequencing conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute was supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The authors would like to thank Dr. Konstantinos Mavrommatis, Dr. Tijana Glavina del Rio, Dr. Stephanie Malfatti, Petroutsos Spyros-Jason, Arnaud Pirault and Christina Pavloudi for their valuable assistance during sampling, throughout the experiment and regarding the data analysis. We also thank Dr. Jay Lennon, Dr. Marco Fusi and Dr. Pavel Kratina for comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.
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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.13842/full
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dc.contributor.authorFodelianakis, Stylianosen
dc.contributor.authorMoustakas, A.en
dc.contributor.authorPapageorgiou, N.en
dc.contributor.authorManoli, O.en
dc.contributor.authorTsikopoulou, I.en
dc.contributor.authorMichoud, Gregoireen
dc.contributor.authorDaffonchio, Danieleen
dc.contributor.authorKarakassis, I.en
dc.contributor.authorLadoukakis, E. D.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-30T13:02:47Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-30T13:02:47Z-
dc.date.issued2016-09-23en
dc.identifier.citationFodelianakis S, Moustakas A, Papageorgiou N, Manoli O, Tsikopoulou I, et al. (2016) Modified niche optima and breadths explain the historical contingency of bacterial community responses to eutrophication in coastal sediments. Molecular Ecology. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13842.en
dc.identifier.issn0962-1083en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/mec.13842en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/622820-
dc.description.abstractPrevious studies have shown that the response of bacterial communities to disturbances depends on their environmental history. Historically fluctuating habitats host communities that respond better to disturbance than communities of historically stable habitats. However, the exact ecological mechanism that drives this dependency remains unknown. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that modifications of niche optima and niche breadths of the community members are driving this dependency of bacterial responses to past environmental conditions. First, we develop a novel, simple method to calculate the niche optima and breadths of bacterial taxa regarding single environmental gradients. Then, we test this method on sediment bacterial communities of three habitats, one historically stable and less loaded and two historically more variable and more loaded habitats in terms of historical chlorophyll-α water concentration, that we subject to hypoxia via organic matter addition ex situ. We find that communities containing bacterial taxa differently adapted to hypoxia show different structural and functional responses, depending on the sediment's environmental history. Specifically, in the historically less fluctuating and loaded sediments where we find more taxa poorly adapted to hypoxic conditions, communities change a lot over time and organic matter is not degraded efficiently. The opposite is true for the historically more fluctuating and loaded sediments where we find more taxa well adapted to hypoxia. Based on the community responses observed here, we also propose an alternative calculation of community resistance that takes into account how rapidly the communities respond to disturbances and not just the initial and final states of the community.en
dc.description.sponsorshipS.F., G.M. and D.D. were supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The sequencing conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute was supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The authors would like to thank Dr. Konstantinos Mavrommatis, Dr. Tijana Glavina del Rio, Dr. Stephanie Malfatti, Petroutsos Spyros-Jason, Arnaud Pirault and Christina Pavloudi for their valuable assistance during sampling, throughout the experiment and regarding the data analysis. We also thank Dr. Jay Lennon, Dr. Marco Fusi and Dr. Pavel Kratina for comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.en
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.13842/fullen
dc.rightsThis is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectDisturbanceen
dc.subjectAdaptationen
dc.subjectBacterial Communitiesen
dc.subjectEnvironmental Historyen
dc.subjectCommunity Resistanceen
dc.titleModified niche optima and breadths explain the historical contingency of bacterial community responses to eutrophication in coastal sedimentsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.identifier.journalMolecular Ecologyen
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Biology; University of Crete; Voutes University Campus 70013 Heraklion Crete Greeceen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Biological and Chemical Sciences; Queen Mary University of London; Mile End Road London E1 4NS UKen
kaust.authorFodelianakis, Stylianosen
kaust.authorMichoud, Gregoireen
kaust.authorDaffonchio, Danieleen
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