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Byclimate change could alter key microbial interactions in the ocean November 1, by Rebecca Fowler, Earth Institute, Columbia University Cryo-electron microscopy images showing Prochlorococcus left and Alteromonas right.
The interaction between these two globally important microbes can be altered by ocean acidification. Terje Dokland, University of Alabama Birmingham The ocean is rapidly absorbing carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuel and other human activities, resulting in warmer and more acidic waters.
According to a new study, these conditions can also change the behavior of tiny marine organisms essential to ocean health.
Scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and their colleagues found rising carbon dioxide levels influence the activity of two ocean -dwelling microbes, Prochlorococcus and Alteromonas, breaking up their helpful partnership.
Such changes in interspecies interactions can impact the overall structure and function of an ecosystem. The finding is crucial to making more accurate predictions of how climate change will alter the ocean.
The study builds on work by Dutkiewicz et al. Follows Lab, MIT Prochlorococcus is the smallest and most abundant photosynthetic organism on the planet: Although the microbes are minuscule, they have an outsize role in the maintaining the health and productivity of the global ocean. Prochlorococcus forms the base of the marine food web, serving as an important food source for slightly larger single-celled organisms, which are consumed by species in higher trophic levels.
To better understand the partnership between Prochlorococcus and Alteromonas, Hennon and her colleagues grew the microbes together in the lab under the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today, parts per million. They found the microbes co-existed in the same way they do in the surface level of the ocean.
Alteromonas enabled Prochlorococcus to flourish by cleaning up excess hydrogen peroxide, a "free radical," or unstable molecule that causes cell damage. Prochlorococcus lacks the gene catalase, an enzyme that destroys the toxic build-up of hydrogen peroxide, so it relies on bacteria like Alteromonas to perform this service.
The researchers then used their thriving microbial community to examine how the organisms would interact in a high-carbon dioxide world with more acidic oceans. When Prochlorococcus and Alteromonas were grown under parts per million—the amount of carbon dioxide expected to be in the atmosphere by —Prochlorococcus had a greater mortality rate and appeared to have more free radicals.
But the surprise was how Alteromonas behaved toward Prochlorococcus. It begins to have a more antagonistic relationship with Prochlorococcus," Hennon said. Hennon grew marine microbes under a range of carbon dioxide levels to examine how they would respond to changing ocean conditions.
Alexandra Bausch Hennon and her colleagues tracked gene expression and other activities to examine what changed for the microbes grown at parts per million. They found that Alteromonas turns down its catalase "helper" gene and, at the same time, turns up a gene that increases the free radicals surrounding it.
Prochlorococcus is unable to get rid of the toxins, which puts stress on the cells. Hennon says Alteromonas may also hasten the demise of Prochlorococcus by moving toward the organisms as they begin to die and consuming their disintegrating parts.The Metedeconk River / m ə ˈ t iː d ə k ʌ ŋ k / is a tributary of Barnegat Bay in Ocean County, New Jersey in the United States..
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