Studying taxonomic and ecological diversity of phytoplankton assemblages is often difficult becausemorphological analysis cannot provide a complete description of their composition. Therefore, more robust and feasible approaches have to be chosen to elucidate the interactions between environmental and human pressures and phytoplankton assemblages. The Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) allowed collecting seawater samples from a wide range of oceanic regions including the Mediterranean Sea. In this study, a total of 754,167 V4-18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) metabarcodes derived from 20 plankton samples collected at 19 sampling sites across the coastal areas of the Mediterranean Seawere analyzed to explore the relationships between phytoplankton assemblages' composition, sub-regional environmental features and human pressures.We reduced thewhole set of autotroph plankton (1398 OTUs) to a smaller number of ecologically relevant entities (205 taxa) and used the latter for analysing the structure of phytoplankton assemblages. Chaetoceros was the only genus occurring in all the samples, while the number of taxawasmaximumin theWMediterranean. Based on the assigned OTUs, the structure of E Mediterranean phytoplankton was the most homogeneous. Further, phytoplankton assemblages from the three Mediterranean sub-regions (Western, Adriatic and Eastern) were significantly different (R = 0.25, p = 0.0136) based on Jaccard similarity.Wealso observed that phytoplankton diversity and human impact onmarine ecosystems were not significantly related to each other based on Mantel's test

Penna, A.; Casagrande, S.; Fernandez Guerra, A.; Vernesi, C.; Scardi, M. (2017). Analysis of phytoplankton assemblage structure in the Mediterranean Sea based on high-throughput sequencing of partial 18S rRNA sequences. MARINE GENOMICS, 36: 49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.margen.2017.06.001 handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/42401

Analysis of phytoplankton assemblage structure in the Mediterranean Sea based on high-throughput sequencing of partial 18S rRNA sequences

Vernesi, C.
Penultimo
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2017-01-01

Abstract

Studying taxonomic and ecological diversity of phytoplankton assemblages is often difficult becausemorphological analysis cannot provide a complete description of their composition. Therefore, more robust and feasible approaches have to be chosen to elucidate the interactions between environmental and human pressures and phytoplankton assemblages. The Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) allowed collecting seawater samples from a wide range of oceanic regions including the Mediterranean Sea. In this study, a total of 754,167 V4-18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) metabarcodes derived from 20 plankton samples collected at 19 sampling sites across the coastal areas of the Mediterranean Seawere analyzed to explore the relationships between phytoplankton assemblages' composition, sub-regional environmental features and human pressures.We reduced thewhole set of autotroph plankton (1398 OTUs) to a smaller number of ecologically relevant entities (205 taxa) and used the latter for analysing the structure of phytoplankton assemblages. Chaetoceros was the only genus occurring in all the samples, while the number of taxawasmaximumin theWMediterranean. Based on the assigned OTUs, the structure of E Mediterranean phytoplankton was the most homogeneous. Further, phytoplankton assemblages from the three Mediterranean sub-regions (Western, Adriatic and Eastern) were significantly different (R = 0.25, p = 0.0136) based on Jaccard similarity.Wealso observed that phytoplankton diversity and human impact onmarine ecosystems were not significantly related to each other based on Mantel's test
Ecology
Eukaryotic diversity
Human Impact
Metabarcoding
18S rDNA
Settore BIO/07 - ECOLOGIA
2017
Penna, A.; Casagrande, S.; Fernandez Guerra, A.; Vernesi, C.; Scardi, M. (2017). Analysis of phytoplankton assemblage structure in the Mediterranean Sea based on high-throughput sequencing of partial 18S rRNA sequences. MARINE GENOMICS, 36: 49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.margen.2017.06.001 handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/42401
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