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Methane Carbon Supports Aquatic Food Webs to the Fish Level

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS ONE, August 2012
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Methane Carbon Supports Aquatic Food Webs to the Fish Level
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PLoS ONE, August 2012
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0042723
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Angela M. Sanseverino, David Bastviken, Ingvar Sundh, Jana Pickova, Alex Enrich-Prast


Large amounts of the greenhouse gas methane (CH(4)) are produced by anaerobic mineralization of organic matter in lakes. In spite of extensive freshwater CH(4) emissions, most of the CH(4) is typically oxidized by methane oxidizing bacteria (MOB) before it can reach the lake surface and be emitted to the atmosphere. In turn, it has been shown that the CH(4)-derived biomass of MOB can provide the energy and carbon for zooplankton and macroinvertebrates. In this study, we demonstrate the presence of specific fatty acids synthesized by MOB in fish tissues having low carbon stable isotope ratios. Fish species, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates and the water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes were collected from a shallow lake in Brazil and analyzed for fatty acids (FA) and carbon stable isotope ratios (δ(13)C). The fatty acids 16:1ω8c, 16:1ω8t, 16:1ω6c, 16:1ω5t, 18:1ω8c and 18:1ω8t were used as signature for MOB. The δ(13)C ratios varied from -27.7‰ to -42.0‰ and the contribution of MOB FA ranged from 0.05% to 0.84% of total FA. Organisms with higher total content of MOB FAs presented lower δ(13)C values (i.e. they were more depleted in (13)C), while organisms with lower content of MOB signature FAs showed higher δ(13)C values. An UPGMA cluster analysis was carried out to distinguish grouping of organisms in relation to their MOB FA contents. This combination of stable isotope and fatty acid tracers provides new evidence that assimilation of methane-derived carbon can be an important carbon source for the whole aquatic food web, up to the fish level.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 5 4%
United States 3 2%
United Kingdom 2 1%
Germany 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Philippines 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 123 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 46 33%
Researcher 26 19%
Student > Master 23 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 11%
Student > Bachelor 8 6%
Other 21 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 72 52%
Environmental Science 34 24%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 10 7%
Unspecified 8 6%
Engineering 6 4%
Other 9 6%

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