Diversity of bacteria in ships ballast water as revealed by next generation DNA sequencing.

  title={Diversity of bacteria in ships ballast water as revealed by next generation DNA sequencing.},
  author={Robin L Brinkmeyer},
  journal={Marine pollution bulletin},
  volume={107 1},
The bacterial diversity in ballast water from five general cargo ships calling at the Port of Houston was determined with ion semiconductor DNA sequencing (Ion Torrent PGM) of PCR amplified 16S rRNA genes. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the composition of bacteria in ballast water did not resemble that of typical marine habitats or even open ocean waters where BWEs occur. The predominant group of bacteria in ships conducting BWEs was the Roseobacter clade within the Alphaproteobacteria. In… CONTINUE READING
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