Terrestrial runoff controls the bacterial community composition of biofilms along a water quality gradient in the Great Barrier Reef.

@article{Witt2012TerrestrialRC,
  title={Terrestrial runoff controls the bacterial community composition of biofilms along a water quality gradient in the Great Barrier Reef.},
  author={Verena Witt and Christian T. Wild and Sven Uthicke},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={78 21},
  pages={7786-91}
}
16S rRNA gene molecular analysis elucidated the spatiotemporal distribution of bacterial biofilm communities along a water quality gradient. Multivariate statistics indicated that terrestrial runoff, in particular dissolved organic carbon and chlorophyll a concentrations, induced shifts of specific bacterial communities between locations and seasons, suggesting microbial biofilms could be suitable bioindicators for water quality. 
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