Exploring nucleo-cytoplasmic large DNA viruses in Tara Oceans microbial metagenomes
Natural assemblages of freshwater bacterioplankton in enriched lowland rivers had greater cell-specific metabolic activity than those in gravel-pit ponds. Similarly, cell-specific activity and mean cell Size in calcareous headstreams tended to be greater than in intermittently-acid headstreams on millstone grit. DNA was extracted and purified from bacterioplankton assemblages, and between-site comparisons were made in terms of percentage similarity as indicated by DNA hybridization. Cluster analysis, using percentage-similarity matrices, placed bacterioplankton assemblages from different site types into distinct groups. This suggested that between-site physiological differences were related to intrinsically different bacterial composition rather than to different physiological response to different environmental conditions by essentially similar bacterial assemblages.