, Volume 82, Issue 1, pp 91–101 | Cite as

Comparative analysis of biodiversity in the planktonic and biofilm bacterial communities in Lake Baikal

  • V. V. Parfenova
  • A. S. GladkikhEmail author
  • O. I. Belykh
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Bacterial communities of the water and the biofilm formed during five years on an artificial substrate in Lake Baikal were studied by the pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene fragments; taxonomic diversity of bacterial communities and differences in their structure were revealed. The biofilm community contained mainly representatives of three phyla: Cyanobacteria, Bacteroidetes, and Proteobacteria; the amounts of other groups were within 1%. Bacterial community of the plankton was more heterogeneous; along with the dominant phyla (Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Proteobacteria) 15% of the members were of the other phyla. The use of pyrosequencing allowed to reveal 35 bacterial phyla in Lake Baikal, some of which were identified for the first time; moreover, minor groups of microorganisms (including only several sequences), which were not earlier determined by other molecular methods were found.


Lake Baikal pyrosequencing 16S rRNA plankton biofilm biodiversity Cyanobacteria Actinobacteria Bacteroidetes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. V. Parfenova
    • 1
  • A. S. Gladkikh
    • 1
    Email author
  • O. I. Belykh
    • 1
  1. 1.Limnological Institute, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesIrkutskRussia

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