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Seasonal dynamics of a glycan‐degrading flavobacterial genus in a tidally mixed coastal temperate habitat

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Coastal marine habitats constitute hotspots of primary productivity. In temperate regions, this is due both to massive phytoplankton blooms and dense colonisation by macroalgae that mostly store carbon as glycans, contributing substantially to local and global carbon sequestration. Because they control carbon and energy fluxes, algae‐degrading microorganisms are crucial for coastal ecosystem functions. Environmental surveys revealed consistent seasonal dynamics of alga‐associated bacterial assemblages, yet resolving what factors regulate the in situ abundance, growth rate and ecological functions of individual taxa remains a challenge. Here, we specifically investigated the seasonal dynamics of abundance and activity for a well‐known alga‐degrading marine flavobacterial genus in a tidally mixed coastal habitat of the Western English Channel. We show that members of the genus Zobellia are a stable, low‐abundance component of healthy macroalgal microbiota and can also colonise particles in the water column. This genus undergoes recurring seasonal variations with higher abundances in winter, significantly associated to biotic and abiotic variables. Zobellia can become a dominant part of bacterial communities on decaying macroalgae, showing a strong activity and high estimated in situ growth rates. These results provide insights into the seasonal dynamics and environmental constraints driving natural populations of alga‐degrading bacteria that influence coastal carbon cycling.
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hal-04260403 , version 1 (26-10-2023)

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Maéva Brunet, Nolwen Le Duff, Fabienne Rigaut-Jalabert, Sarah Romac, Tristan Barbeyron, et al.. Seasonal dynamics of a glycan‐degrading flavobacterial genus in a tidally mixed coastal temperate habitat. Environmental Microbiology, In press, ⟨10.1111/1462-2920.16505⟩. ⟨hal-04260403⟩
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