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Microfungal oasis in an oligotrophic desert: These aquatic systems are dominated by a high prokaryotic diversity, shaped by the stress of low nutrient supplies and interspecific competition.
Although fungi constitute a diverse and important component of microbial diversity, the microfungal diversity in the CCB remains to be unveiled. With the aim to explore microfungal diversity and ecological patterns in this area, we present the first investigation analyzing cultivable taxa from sediment and water, as well as lignocellulolytic taxa obtained from incubated submerged plant debris, and wood panels in three contrasting freshwater systems in the CCB: Churince, Becerra and Pozas Rojas.
We chose a culture-based approach to analyze sediment and water samples in order to obtain fungal cultures, providing opportunities for a posteriori studies, and the possibility of ex situ preservation of the diversity. We evaluated sequence data from the nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer including the 5.
These OTUs were phylogenetically affiliated to several genera in the fungal phyla: Zygomycota, Basidiomycota, and Ascomycota. We recorded two OTUs with saline affinity, agreeing with previous findings on the prokaryotic communities with ancestral marine resemblances.
All the studied systems showed moderate diversity levels, however discrepancies among the diversity indexes were observed, due to the occurrence of abundant taxa in the samples. Our results indicated that lignocellulolytic microfungal communities are dominated by transient fungal taxa, as resident species were not recorded perhaps as a result of the long-term strong competition with the highly adapted prokaryotic community.
Moreover, the obtained microfungal taxa occurred mostly on the resident plant debris, rather than submerged wood panels, perhaps as a result of the high adaptation to specific environmental conditions. In conclusion, the CCB possess a moderate taxonomical diversity compared to other arid environments, probably as a result of high selective pressures.
Nonetheless, due to high spatial and temporal heterogeneity, the functional fungal diversity was considerable as predicted by the intermediate disturbance hypothesis.
Decisively, the assessment of microfungal diversity freshwater systems is relevant, since this ecological group of microorganisms represents an important indicator of trophic complexity and biotic interactions among microbial communities, having important implications for understanding eukaryotic survival at the oligotrophic limit for life.
These organisms influence a large number of important ecosystem processes, such as nutrient acquisition, biogeochemical processes, and soil formation Hogberg et al.
Remarkably, fungi represent a large and diverse component of microbial diversity Fierer et al.
These systems are closely related to the riparian zone, which provides large inputs of woody and herbaceous debris, regulating the transfer of energy between both systems Webster et al. Microfungi in aquatic environments range from those entirely adapted to complete their life cycles in aquatic habitats, and are not found outside of the water residents or truly aquaticto those occurring in water incidentally by being washed or blown in transients or facultative aquatic Shearer et al.
This arid biome includes diverse aquatic systems strongly limited by phosphorus, surrounded by halophilic and gypsophilic grassland Elser et al. Previous studies have suggested that aquatic systems in CCB are dominated by a high diversity of prokaryotic taxa, shaped by the stress of low nutrient supplies and interspecific competition Souza et al.
Nevertheless, there is no information regarding the microfungal diversity inhabiting this unique environment. As studies analyzing the diversity and function of fungal microorganisms are needed for CCB, the aims of this study were: We chose a culture-based approach to analyze sediment and water samples in order to obtain fungal cultures, which provide opportunities for a posteriori physiological, genomic and ecological studies, and the possibility of ex situ preservation of the diversity.
We expected to record low taxonomical diversity of microfungi due to oligotrophic conditions of CCB and antagonistic interactions with the highly competitive prokaryotic community, as well as a strong geographic differentiation based on previous results on bacterial diversity and the topological characteristics of the study area Elser et al.
Lastly, we assumed the dominance of highly adapted lignocellulolytic microfungal diversity occurring on local vegetation remains compared to submerged Pinus wood traps, as a result of a high specificity and adaptation to the local lignocellulose source, as previous work on the palaeoenvironmental history of CCB suggest that since ca.
The climate is hot and arid, with two marked seasons. The Churince aquatic system CH comprises a spring and a shallow lagoon, connected by a river. The Pozas Rojas system PR represents a fluctuating environment, consisting of several small desiccation ponds with drastically fluctuating conditions Rebollar et al.
Former studies have reported that the microorganisms in PR are specialized in the degradation of a wide and complex array of metabolic byproducts as a result of antagonistic coevolution Peimbert et al. Finally, Becerra BEthe main stream in the wetland, is a stable warm inflow spring Based on the analysis of terminal restriction fragment length polymorphisms T-RFLPthe prokaryotic communities in the BE system have been demonstrated to resemble the adjacent CH system Escalante et al.Baumann K., Jung P., Samolov E., Lehnert L., Büdel B., Karsten U., Bendix J., Achilles S., Schermer M., Matus F., Oses R., Osses P., Morshedizad M.
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