Nitrogen fixing bacterial diversity in a tropical estuarine sediments Journal Article


Author(s): Jabir Thajudeen; Jesmi Yousuf; Vipindas Puthiya Veetil; Sherin, Varghese; Arvind Singh; Mohamed Hatha Abdulla
Article Title: Nitrogen fixing bacterial diversity in a tropical estuarine sediments
Abstract: Microorganisms play a significant role in biogeochemical cycles, especially in the benthic and pelagic ecosystems. Role of environmental parameters in regulating the diversity, distribution and physiology of these microorganisms in tropical marine environment is not well understood. In this study, we have identified dinitrogen (N2) fixing bacterial communities in the sediments by constructing clone libraries of nitrogenase (nifH) gene from four different stations in the Cochin estuary, along the southeastern Arabian Sea. N2 fixing bacterial clones revealed that over 20 putative diazotrophs belong to alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta- and epsilon- proteobacteria and firmicutes. Predominant genera among these were Bradyrhizobium sp. (α-proteobacteria), Dechloromonas sp. (β-proteobacteria); Azotobactor sp., Teredinibacter sp., Methylobacter sp., Rheinheimera sp. and Marinobacterium sp. (γ-proteobacteria); Desulfobacter sp., Desulfobulbus sp. and Desulfovibrio sp. (δ -proteobacteria); Arcobacter sp. and Sulfurospirillum sp. (ε-proteobacteria). Nostoc sp. was solely identified among the cyanobacterial phylotype. Nitrogen fixing Sulfate reducing bacteria (SRBs) such as Desulfobulbus sp., Desulfovibrio sp., Desulfuromonas sp., Desulfosporosinus sp., Desulfobacter sp., were also observed in the study. Most of the bacterial nifH sequences revealed that the identities of N2 fixing bacteria were less than 95% similar to that available in the GenBank database, which suggested that the sequences were of novel N2 fixing microorganisms. Shannon-Weiner diversity index of nifH gene ranged from 2.95 to 3.61, indicating an inflated diversity of N2 fixing bacteria. Canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) implied positive correlation among nifH diversity, N2 fixation rate and other environmental variables.
Keywords: Tropical estuary; Clone library; NifH; N2 fixing bacteria; PCR-RFLP analysis
Journal Title: World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Publisher: Springier open  
Date Published: 2017-01-24
Start Page: 33
End Page: 41
Language: English
Identifier: DOI 10.1007/s11274-017-2205-x