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Influence of PAHs among other coastal environmental variables on total and PAH-degrading bacterial communities

Abstract : We evaluated the relative impact of anthropogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) among biogeochemical variables on total, metabolically active, and PAH bacterial communities in summer and winter in surface microlayer (SML) and subsurface seawaters (SSW) across short transects along the NW Mediterranean coast from three harbors, one wastewater effluent, and one nearshore observatory reference site. At both seasons, significant correlations were found between dissolved total PAH concentrations and PAH-degrading bacteria that formed a gradient from the shore to nearshore waters. Accumulation of PAH degraders was particularly high in the SML, where PAHs accumulated. Harbors and wastewater outfalls influenced drastically and in a different way the total and active bacterial community structure, but they only impacted the communities from the nearshore zone (<2 km from the shore). By using direct multivariate statistical analysis, we confirmed the significant effect of PAH concentrations on the spatial and temporal dynamic of total and active communities in this area, but this effect was putted in perspective by the importance of other biogeochemical variables
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Caroline Sauret, Marc Tedetti, Catherine Guigue, Chloé Dumas, Raphaël Lami, et al.. Influence of PAHs among other coastal environmental variables on total and PAH-degrading bacterial communities. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Springer Verlag, 2016, 23 (5), pp.4242-4256. ⟨10.1007/s11356-015-4768-0⟩. ⟨hal-01278782⟩

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