Bernhard Fuchs How Does Degradation Occur in Spring Algae Blooms?
Max Planck Institute for Marine MicrobiologyBremen
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Massive algae blooms appear in spring in certain bodies of water only to vanish within a number of weeks. In this video, BERNHARD M. FUCHS analyzes the degradation of such algae, exploring which organisms are involved and what they actually do. Employing methodologies involving ribosomal RNA, in situ hybridization and metagenome sequencing, Fuchs finds that a strikingly limited range of organisms (Flavobacteria) are active in this process and that their activities become increasingly complex over the duration of the algae bloom. Showing how genetic information can be used to predict ecological activity, the work makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the vital role played by microorganisms.
LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10828
Recurring Patterns in Bacterioplankton Dynamics during Coastal Spring Algae Blooms
- Hanno Teeling, Bernhard M. Fuchs, Christin M. Bennke, Karen Krueger, Meghan Chafee, Lennart Kappelmann, Greta Reintjes, Jost Waldmann, Christian Quast and Frank Oliver Gloeckner
- Published in 2016