, Volume 88, Issue 3, pp 335–342 | Cite as

Thermophilic Bacteria in Lake Baikal Bottom Sediments Associated with Hydrocarbon Discharge

  • O. N. PavlovaEmail author
  • A. V. Lomakina
  • A. S. Novikova
  • S. M. Chernitsyna
  • T. A. Khanaeva
  • T. V. Pogodaeva
  • A. V. Khabuev
  • T. I. Zemskaya


The research was aimed at detection of thermophilic microorganisms in Lake Baikal low-temperature sediments associated with discharge of gas-saturated fluids. Members of the order Clostridiales were revealed in enrichment cultures obtained from the bottom sediments at three sites (methane seep, oil-methane seep, and mud volcano). No thermophilic prokaryotes were found in the enrichment culture with sediment samples from a background area. The presence of thermophilic microorganisms at the sites of hydrocarbon discharge may result from their migration to the bottom surface with the gas-bearing mineralized fluid moving along the fracture zones. Unlike marine cold sediments, where the endospores of thermophilic bacteria belong to strict anaerobes existing due to fermentation of organic substrates or sulfate reduction, Lake Baikal sediments associated with discharge of gas-saturated fluids were found to contain facultatively anaerobic thermophilic prokaryotes.


thermophilic microorganisms gas-bearing sediments facultative anaerobes Thermaerobacter sp. Lake Baikal 



This work was carried out within the framework of the State Assignment no. 0345-2019-0007 (expedition studies) and 0345-2018-0001 (lithologic investigations and chemical analysis of pore waters) and was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 16-04-00181_а (microbiological and molecular biological studies).


Statement of the welfare of animals. No studies with the use of animals as the objects were carried out in this work.

Conflict of interests. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. N. Pavlova
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. V. Lomakina
    • 1
  • A. S. Novikova
    • 1
  • S. M. Chernitsyna
    • 1
  • T. A. Khanaeva
    • 1
  • T. V. Pogodaeva
    • 1
  • A. V. Khabuev
    • 1
  • T. I. Zemskaya
    • 1
  1. 1.Limnological Institute, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesIrkutskRussia

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