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Comparison of Community and Function of Dissimilatory Nitrate Reduction to Ammonium (DNRA) Bacteria in Chinese Shallow Lakes with Different Eutrophication Degrees

Key Laboratory of Algal Biology, State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology, Institute of Hydrobiology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7# Donghu South Road, Wuhan 430072, China
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China
Yellow River Water Resources Protection Institution, Zhengzhou 450004, China
Guangdong Provincial Academy of Environmental Science, Guangzhou 510045, China
Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research, Zhengzhou 450003, China
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Water 2020, 12(1), 174;
Received: 9 December 2019 / Revised: 31 December 2019 / Accepted: 2 January 2020 / Published: 8 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Water Quality and Ecosystems)
Dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA) plays an important role in controlling nitrogen (N) loading in lake ecosystems. However, studies on the linkage between DNRA bacterial community structure and lake eutrophication remain unclear. We examined the community and abundance of DNRA bacteria at six basins of four shallow lakes with different degrees of eutrophication in China. Measurements of the different forms of N and phosphorus (P) in the water column and interstitial water as well as total organic carbon (TOC) and sulfide in the sediments in summer (July 2016) were performed. The nutritional status of Lake Chaohu was more serious than that of the lakes in Wuhan, including Lake Qingling, Lake Houguan, and Lake Zhiyin by comparing geochemical and physical parameters. We found a higher abundance of the nrfA gene, which is a function gene of DNRA bacteria in sediments with higher contents of TOC and sulfide. Moreover, nitrate was a significant factor influencing the DNRA bacterial community structure. A significant difference of the DNRA bacterial community structure between Lake Chaohu and the lakes in Wuhan was discovered. Furthermore, DNRA bacterial abundance and community positively correlated with NH4+ and Chl a concentrations in Lake Chaohu, in which a percent abundance of dominant populations varied along eutrophication gradients. Overall, the abundance and community structure of the DNRA bacteria might be important regulators of eutrophication and cyanobacteria bloom in Lake Chaohu. View Full-Text
Keywords: DNRA; organic carbon; sulfide; sediment; lake; nrfA DNRA; organic carbon; sulfide; sediment; lake; nrfA
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Li, X.; Song, C.; Zhou, Z.; Xiao, J.; Wang, S.; Yang, L.; Cao, X.; Zhou, Y. Comparison of Community and Function of Dissimilatory Nitrate Reduction to Ammonium (DNRA) Bacteria in Chinese Shallow Lakes with Different Eutrophication Degrees. Water 2020, 12, 174.

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