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Elferink, Stephanie; Neuhaus, Stefan; Wohlrab, Sylke; Toebe, Kerstin; Voß, Daniela; Gottschling, Marc; Lundholm, Nina; Krock, Bernd; Koch, Boris P; Zielinski, Oliver; Cembella, Allan; John, Uwe (2017): Operational taxonomic units and taxonomy of a phytoplankton community during Maria S. Merian cruise MSM21/3 - Greenland (ARCHEMHAB). PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Elferink, S et al. (2017): Molecular diversity patterns among various phytoplankton size-fractions in West Greenland in late summer. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 121, 54-69,

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Arctic regions have experienced pronounced biological and biophysical transformations as a result of global change processes over the last several decades. Current hypotheses propose an elevated impact of those environmental changes on the biodiversity, community composition and metabolic processes of species. The effects on ecosystem function and services, particularly when invasive or toxigenic harmful species become dominant, can be expressed over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales in plankton communities. Our study focused on the comparison of molecular biodiversity of three size-fractions (micro-, nano-, picoplankton) in the coastal pelagic zone of West Greenland and their association with environmental parameters. Molecular diversity was assessed via parallel amplicon sequencing the 28S rRNA hypervariable D1/D2 region. We showed that biodiversity distribution within the area of Uummannaq Fjord, Vaigat Strait and Disko Bay differed markedly within and among size-fractions. In general, we observed a higher diversity within the picoplankton size fraction compared to the nano- and microplankton. In multidimensional scaling analysis, community composition of all three size fractions correlated with cell size, silicate and phosphate, chlorophyll a (chl a) and dinophysistoxin (DTX). Individually, each size fraction community composition also correlated with other different environmental parameters, i.e. temperature and nitrate. We observed a more homogeneous community of the picoplankton across all stations compared to the larger size classes, despite different prevailing environmental conditions of the sampling areas. This suggests that habitat niche occupation for larger-celled species may lead to higher functional trait plasticity expressed as an enhanced range of phenotypes, whereas smaller organisms may compensate for lower potential plasticity with higher diversity. The presence of recently identified toxigenic harmful algal bloom (HAB) species (such as Alexandrium fundyense and A. ostenfeldii) in the area points out the potential risk for this vulnerable ecosystem in a changing world.
Median Latitude: 70.344944 * Median Longitude: -52.967790 * South-bound Latitude: 69.140500 * West-bound Longitude: -54.590420 * North-bound Latitude: 71.166787 * East-bound Longitude: -51.133500
Date/Time Start: 2012-07-27T15:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2012-07-30T21:32:00
Samples were taken during Maria S. Merian cruise MSM21/3. Samples were taken from the surface (3-30 m, integrated) and maximum depth (some samples), size fractionated (microplankton [20-50 µm]/ nanoplankton [3-20 µm]/ picoplankton [0.2-3 µm]) and phytoplankton community was sequences using 454-amplicon pyrosequencing (28S LSU D1/D2 region). Sequences were quality checked and de novo clustered into artificial operational taxonomic units (OTUs) using USEARCH with a similarity threshold of 98%. The OTU table was filtered for singletons, doubletons and tripletons. The taxonomic assignment was done using the SILVA reference database (LSU Ref 112) and the QIIME-internal uclust classifier for pre-classification into higher taxonomic groups. For a stable taxonomy assignment of distinct eukaryotic groups, we inferred two reference trees for the Dinophyceae and stramenopiles and preassinged OTUs belonging to Dinophyceae and stramenopiles taxonomically placed on such.
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