Veljo Kisand

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Abstract The impact of salinity on the composition and functional performance (biomass production, growth efficiency and growth rates) of bacterial communities was investigated using batch cultures growing on dissolved organic carbon from a river draining into the Northern Baltic Sea. The cultures were adjusted to riverine or estuarine salinity levels and(More)
Antibiotic resistance is a threat to human and animal health worldwide, and key measures are required to reduce the risks posed by antibiotic resistance genes that occur in the environment. These measures include the identification of critical points of control, the development of reliable surveillance and risk assessment procedures, and the implementation(More)
The phylogenetic affiliation of 91 operational taxonomic units, randomly sampled from three aquatic microcosm experiments, was investigated by two PCR based and one culture dependent method. The occurrence of multiple melting domains and poor coupling between Tm and DGGE retardation was demonstrated to cause poor resolution at the species level in PCR-DGGE(More)
Decisions guiding environmental management need to be based on a broad and comprehensive understanding of the biodiversity and functional capability within ecosystems. Microbes are of particular importance since they drive biogeochemical cycles, being both producers and decomposers. Their quick and direct responses to changes in environmental conditions(More)
The objective of our study was to isolate and determine the phylogenetic affiliation of culturable estuarine bacteria capable of catabolizing riverine dissolved organic matter (RDOM) under laboratory conditions. Additions of RDOM consistently promoted the growth of estuarine bacteria in carbon-limited dilution cultures, with seasonal variation in growth(More)
Humic substances (HS) are the most abundant natural organic compounds in aquatic and terrestrial environments. However, the bacterial degradation of HS in the estuarine salinity gradient and in coastal regions as a sink for HS, entering the open sea, is not well understood. Therefore, we studied the bacterial degradation of humic-rich dissolved organic(More)
Resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics is evolutionarily ancient, and resistance to new drugs develops and quickly spreads. Most studies on beta-lactam resistance concentrate on pathogens in medical and veterinary settings. We show that ampC FOX genes can be found in natural environmental isolates.
Three different methods for analyzing natural microbial community diversity were combined to maximize an estimate of the richness of bacterioplankton catabolizing riverine dissolved organic matter (RDOM). We also evaluated the ability of culture-dependent quantitative DNA-DNA hybridization, a 16S rRNA gene clone library, and denaturing gradient gel(More)
Abundance and biomass of the microbial loop members [bacteria, heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNF), and ciliates] were seasonally measured in the naturally eutrophic and shallow (2.8 mean depth) Lake Võrtsjärv, which has a large open surface area (average 270 km2) and highly turbid water (Secchi depth <1 m). Grazing rates (filter feeding rates) on 0.5-, 3-,(More)
The influence of functional group specific production and respiration patterns on a lake's metabolic balance remains poorly investigated to date compared to whole-system estimates of metabolism. We employed a summed component ecosystem approach for assessing lake-wide and functional group-specific metabolism (gross primary production (GPP) and respiration(More)