Elevated temperature drives kelp microbiome dysbiosis, while elevated carbon dioxide induces water microbiome disruption

TitleElevated temperature drives kelp microbiome dysbiosis, while elevated carbon dioxide induces water microbiome disruption
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMinich J.J, Morris M.M, Brown M., Doane M., Edwards MS, Michael T.P, Dinsdale E.A
JournalPlos One
Date Published2018/02
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1932-6203
Accession NumberWOS:000426049500038
Keywordsbacteria; brown-algae; climate-change; food-web; functional-characterization; giant-kelp; macrocystis-pyrifera; marine macroalgae; ocean acidification; Science & Technology - Other Topics; sea-surface

Global climate change includes rising temperatures and increased pCO(2) concentrations in the ocean, with potential deleterious impacts on marine organisms. In this case study we conducted a four-week climate change incubation experiment, and tested the independent and combined effects of increased temperature and partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO(2)), on the microbiomes of a foundation species, the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera, and the surrounding water column. The water and kelp microbiome responded differently to each of the climate stressors. In the water microbiome, each condition caused an increase in a distinct microbial order, whereas the kelp microbiome exhibited a reduction in the dominant kelp-associated order, Alteromondales. The water column microbiomes were most disrupted by elevated pCO(2), with a 7.3 fold increase in Rhizobiales. The kelp microbiome was most influenced by elevated temperature and elevated temperature in combination with elevated pCO(2). Kelp growth was negatively associated with elevated temperature, and the kelp microbiome showed a 5.3 fold increase Flavobacteriales and a 2.2 fold increase alginate degrading enzymes and sulfated polysaccharides. In contrast, kelp growth was positively associated with the combination of high temperature and high pCO(2) 'future conditions', with a 12.5 fold increase in Planctomycetales and 4.8 fold increase in Rhodo-bacteriales. Therefore, the water and kelp microbiomes acted as distinct communities, where the kelp was stabilizing the microbiome under changing pCO(2) conditions, but lost control at high temperature. Under future conditions, a new equilibrium between the kelp and the microbiome was potentially reached, where the kelp grew rapidly and the commensal microbes responded to an increase in mucus production.

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