Bacterial pollution, activity and heterotrophic diversity of the northern part of the Aegean Sea, Turkey

  • Pelin S. Çiftçi TüretkenEmail author
  • Gülşen Altuğ


Isolation and characterization studies of marine heterotrophic bacteria are important to describe and understand eco-metobolism of the marine environments. In this study, diversity and community structures of the culturable heterotrophic bacteria, metabollicaly active bacteria and bacterial pollution in the coastal and offshore areas of Gökçeada Island, in the Northern Aegean Sea, Turkey were investigated from March 2012 to November 2013. The primary hydrographic parameters were recorded in situ. The frequency of the metabolically active bacteria was determined by using a modified staining technique. The indicator bacteria were determined by using membrane filtration technique; 126 bacteria isolates, 24 of them first records for this region, were identified using an automated micro-identification system, VITEK2 Compact30. The results showed that detected bacterial community profiles were significantly different when compared with previous studies conducted in polluted marine areas of Turkey. High frequency of faecal bacteria detected at station 2 indicated that increasing human activities and terrestrial pollution sources are shaping factors for possible risks, regarding recreational uses of this region, in the summer seasons.


Bacterial pollution Bacterial diversity Gokceada Island Aegean Sea 



This work was supported by Research Fund of the Istanbul University as a PhD thesis project (project no. 17653). The authors also thank Dr. Onur GÖNÜLAL and S. Ozan GÜREŞEN (M.Sc) for their help in sampling.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Fisheries, Marine Biology DepartmentIstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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