Inter-field variability in the microbial communities of hydrothermal vent deposits from a back-arc basin

ArticleinGeobiology 10(4):333-46 · March 2012with28 Reads
DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4669.2012.00325.x · Source: PubMed
Diverse microbial communities thrive on and in deep-sea hydrothermal vent mineral deposits. However, our understanding of the inter-field variability in these communities is poor, as limited sampling and sequencing efforts have hampered most previous studies. To explore the inter-field variability in these communities, we used barcoded pyrosequencing of the variable region 4 (V4) of the 16S rRNA gene to characterize the archaeal and bacterial communities of over 30 hydrothermal deposit samples from six vent fields located along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center. Overall, the bacterial and archaeal communities of the Eastern Lau Spreading Center are similar to other active vent deposits, with a high diversity of Epsilonproteobacteria and thermophilic Archaea. However, the archaeal and bacterial communities from the southernmost vent field, Mariner, were significantly different from the other vent fields. At Mariner, the epsilonproteobacterial genus Nautilia and the archaeal family Thermococcaceae were prevalent in most samples, while Lebetimonas and Thermofilaceae were more abundant at the other vent fields. These differences appear to be influenced in part by the unique geochemistry of the Mariner fluids resulting from active degassing of a subsurface magma chamber. These results show that microbial communities associated with hydrothermal vent deposits in back-arc basins are taxonomically similar to those from mid-ocean ridge systems, but differences in geologic processes between vent fields in a back-arc basin can influence microbial community structure.
    • "Advances in culturing approaches (e.g., for review, Stetter 1999 among others) have resulted in many new descriptions, continuing to challenge our understanding of extremophiles and biological processes never previously detected at deep-sea vents (e.g., Reysenbach et al. 2000Reysenbach et al. , 2006 Slobodkin et al. 2013). High-throughput sequencing technologies and metagenomics have revealed differences in the microbial communities within and between vent fields on a global scale which appear to be driven in part by differences in vent fluid composition, including pH (Flores et al. , 2012). Anna-Louise Reysenbach's oral contribution to the symposium discussed how metagenomics could be utilized to investigate metabolic pathways used by archaeal and bacterial extremophiles and to look for indicators as to how the physical environment impacts community assembly from a genomic perspective. "
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    • "The reduced statistical power may have also reduced our ability to discern differences between and among hydrothermal systems (e.g., shallow vs. deep vents where we expected to observe greater differences due to the differences in temperature, pressure, light and geochemistry). Some recent studies have utilized a greater sampling effort to examine variability in deep-sea vent communities and found both intraand inter-field variability in communities potentially driven by large scale differences in geological and geochemical processes, while in other comparisons, communities were indistinguishable (Flores et al., 2011Flores et al., , 2012). Ongoing work in the WP vent system will address this issue of biogeographic variation (Roussos et al., unpublished). "
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