Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-5020
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Exploring bacterial communities in aquaponic systems
Authors: Eck, Mathilde
Sare, Abdoul
Massart, Sébastien
Schmautz, Zala
Junge, Ranka
Smits, Theo H. M.
Jijakli, M.
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-5020
10.3390/w11020260
Published in: Water
Volume(Issue): 11
Issue: 2
Pages: 260
Issue Date: 2-Feb-2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: MDPI
ISSN: 2073-4441
Language: English
Subjects: Aquaponics; Community analysis; Next-generation sequencing; 16S rRNA gene
Subject (DDC): 630: Agriculture
Abstract: Aquaponics is a production system based on the dynamic equilibrium between fish, plants, and microorganisms. In order to better understand the role of microorganisms in this tripartite relationship, we studied the bacterial communities hosted in eight aquaponic and aquaculture systems. The bacterial communities were analyzed by 16S rRNA gene deep sequencing. At the phylum level, the bacterial communities from all systems were relatively similar with a predominance of Proteobacteria and Bacteroidetes. At the genus level, however, the communities present in the sampled systems were more heterogeneous. The biofilter samples harbored more diverse communities than the corresponding sump samples. The core microbiomes from the coupled and decoupled systems shared more common operational taxonomic units than with the aquaculture systems. Eventually, some of the taxa identified in the systems could have beneficial functions for plant growth and health, but a deeper analysis would be required to identify the precise functions involved in aquaponics.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/15264
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Characterization of nitrogen dynamics in an aquaponic system
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