Sphagnum mosses harbour highly-specific bacterial diversity during their whole lifecycle

Anastasia Bragina, Christian Berg, Massimiliano Cardinale, Andrej Shcherbakov, Wladimir Chebotar, Gabriele Berg

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Knowledge about Sphagnum-associated microbial communities, their structure and their origin is important to understand and maintain climate-relevant Sphagnum-dominated bog ecosystems. We studied bacterial communities of two cosmopolitan Sphagnum species, which are well adapted to different abiotic parameters (Sphagnum magellanicum, which are strongly acidic and ombrotrophic, and Sphagnum fallax, which are weakly acidic and mesotrophic), in three Alpine bogs in Austria by a multifaceted approach. Great differences between bacterial fingerprints of both Sphagna were found independently from the site. This remarkable specificity was confirmed by a cloning and a deep sequencing approach. Besides the common Alphaproteobacteria, we found a discriminative spectrum of bacteria; although Gammaproteobacteria dominated S. magellanicum, S. fallax was mainly colonised by Verrucomicrobia and …
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-813
JournalThe ISME Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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