The Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 235–247 | Cite as

Microbial diversity of a sulfide black smoker in main endeavour hydrothermal vent field, Juan de Fuca Ridge

  • Huaiyang Zhou
  • Jiangtao LiEmail author
  • Xiaotong Peng
  • Jun Meng
  • Fengping Wang
  • Yuncan Ai


Submarine hydrothermal vents are among the least-understood habitats on Earth but have been the intense focus of research in the past 30 years. An active hydrothermal sulfide chimney collected from the Dudley site in the Main Endeavour vent Field (MEF) of Juan de Fuca Ridge was investigated using mineralogical and molecular approaches. Mineral analysis indicated that the chimney was composed mainly of Fe-, Zn-and Cu-rich sulfides. According to phylogenetic analysis, within the Crenarchaeota, clones of the order Desulfurococcales predominated, comprising nearly 50% of archaeal clones. Euryarchaeota were composed mainly of clones belonging to Thermococcales and deep-sea hydrothermal vent Euryarchaeota (DHVE), each of which accounted for about 20% of all clones. Thermophilic or hyperthermophilic physiologies were common to the predominant archaeal groups. More than half of bacterial clones belonged to ɛ-Proteobacteria, which confirmed their prevalence in hydrothermal vent environments. Clones of Proteobacteria (γ-, δ-, β-), Cytophaga-Flavobacterium-Bacteroides (CFB) and Deinococcus-Thermus occurred as well. It was remarkable that methanogens and methanotrophs were not detected in our 16S rRNA gene library. Our results indicated that sulfur-related metabolism, which included sulfur-reducing activity carried out by thermophilic archaea and sulfur-oxidizing by mesophilic bacteria, was common and crucial to the vent ecosystem in Dudley hydrothermal site.


Dudley hydrothermal chimney microbial diversity sulfur-related metabolism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huaiyang Zhou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jiangtao Li
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xiaotong Peng
    • 2
  • Jun Meng
    • 3
  • Fengping Wang
    • 3
  • Yuncan Ai
    • 4
  1. 1.Guangzhou Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouP. R. China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Marine GeologyTongji UniversityShanghaiP. R. China
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Marine Biogenetic ResourcesThird Institute of Oceanography, SOAXiamenP. R. China
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of BiocontrolSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouP. R. China

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