Seasonal variability in microbial methanol utilisation in coastal waters of the western English Channel

Sargeant, S. L., Murrell, J. C., Nightingale, P. D. and Dixon, J. L. (2016) Seasonal variability in microbial methanol utilisation in coastal waters of the western English Channel. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 550. pp. 53-64. ISSN 0171-8630

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Methanol is ubiquitous in seawater and the most abundant oxygenated volatile organic compound (OVOC) in the atmosphere where it influences oxidising capacity and ozone formation. Marine methylotrophic bacteria utilise methanol in seawater both as an energy and/or growth substrate. This work represents the first fully resolved seasonal study of marine microbial methanol uptake dynamics. Rates of microbial methanol dissimilation in coastal surface waters of the UK varied between 0.7 – 11.2 nmol l-1 h-1 and reached a maximum in February. Rates of microbial methanol assimilation varied between 0.04 – 2.64 x 10-2 nmol l-1 h-1 and reached a maximum in August. Temporal variability in microbial methanol uptake rates shows that methanol assimilation and dissimilation display opposing seasonal cycles, although overall <1% of methanol was assimilated. Correlative approaches with 16S rRNA pyrosequencing data suggested that bacteria of the SAR11 clade and Rhodobacterales could be significantly influencing rates of methanol dissimilation and assimilation, respectively, at station L4 in the western English Channel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 14ch3oh,bacterial growth efficiency,methanol uptake,methylotrophic bacteria,marine,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/life_below_water
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 08:42
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 14:40
DOI: 10.3354/meps11705

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