Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/618779
Title:
Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes
Authors:
Cook, Joseph M. ( 0000-0002-9270-363X ) ; Edwards, Arwyn; Bulling, Mark T.; Mur, Luis A .J.; Cook, Sophie; Gokul, Jarishma K.; Cameron, Karen A.; Sweet, Michael J. ( 0000-0003-4983-8333 ) ; Irvine-Fynn, Tristram D. L.
Abstract:
Microbial photoautotrophs on glaciers engineer the formation of granular microbial-mineral aggregate stermed cryoconite which accelerate ice melt, creating quasi-cylindrical pits called ‘cryoconite holes’. Theseact as biogeochemical reactors on the ice surface and provide habitats for remarkably active and diverse microbiota. Evolution of cryoconite holes towards an equilibrium depth is well known, yet inter-actions between microbial activity and hole morphology are currently weakly addressed. Here, we experimentally perturbed the depths and diameters of cryoconite holes on the Greenland Ice Sheet.Cryoconite holes responded by sensitively adjusting their shapes in three dimensions (‘biocryomorphic evolution’) thus maintaining favourable conditions for net autotrophy at the hole floors. Non-targeted metabolomics reveals concomitant shifts in cyclicAMP and fucose metabolism consistent with photo-taxis and extracellular polymer synthesis indicating metabolomic-level granular changes in response to perturbation. We present a conceptual model explain-ing this process and suggest that it results in remarkably robust net autotrophy on the Greenland Ice Sheet. We also describe observations of cryocon-ite migrating away from shade, implying a degree of self-regulation of carbon budgets over mesoscales. Since cryoconite is a microbe-mineral aggregate, itappears that microbial processes themselves formand maintain stable autotrophic habitats on the sur-face of the Greenland ice sheet.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Cook, J. et al (2016) 'Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes', Environmental Microbiology, Vol. 18, pp. 4674-4686. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13349
Journal:
Environmental Microbiology
Issue Date:
Apr-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/618779
DOI:
10.1111/1462-2920.13349
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/1462-2920.13349; http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/102375/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
14622912
Appears in Collections:
Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

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dc.contributor.authorCook, Joseph M.en
dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Arwynen
dc.contributor.authorBulling, Mark T.en
dc.contributor.authorMur, Luis A .J.en
dc.contributor.authorCook, Sophieen
dc.contributor.authorGokul, Jarishma K.en
dc.contributor.authorCameron, Karen A.en
dc.contributor.authorSweet, Michael J.en
dc.contributor.authorIrvine-Fynn, Tristram D. L.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-25T10:37:56Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-25T10:37:56Z-
dc.date.issued2016-04-
dc.identifier.citationCook, J. et al (2016) 'Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes', Environmental Microbiology, Vol. 18, pp. 4674-4686. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13349en
dc.identifier.issn14622912-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1462-2920.13349-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/618779-
dc.description.abstractMicrobial photoautotrophs on glaciers engineer the formation of granular microbial-mineral aggregate stermed cryoconite which accelerate ice melt, creating quasi-cylindrical pits called ‘cryoconite holes’. Theseact as biogeochemical reactors on the ice surface and provide habitats for remarkably active and diverse microbiota. Evolution of cryoconite holes towards an equilibrium depth is well known, yet inter-actions between microbial activity and hole morphology are currently weakly addressed. Here, we experimentally perturbed the depths and diameters of cryoconite holes on the Greenland Ice Sheet.Cryoconite holes responded by sensitively adjusting their shapes in three dimensions (‘biocryomorphic evolution’) thus maintaining favourable conditions for net autotrophy at the hole floors. Non-targeted metabolomics reveals concomitant shifts in cyclicAMP and fucose metabolism consistent with photo-taxis and extracellular polymer synthesis indicating metabolomic-level granular changes in response to perturbation. We present a conceptual model explain-ing this process and suggest that it results in remarkably robust net autotrophy on the Greenland Ice Sheet. We also describe observations of cryocon-ite migrating away from shade, implying a degree of self-regulation of carbon budgets over mesoscales. Since cryoconite is a microbe-mineral aggregate, itappears that microbial processes themselves formand maintain stable autotrophic habitats on the sur-face of the Greenland ice sheet.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/1462-2920.13349en
dc.relation.urlhttp://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/102375/en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Environmental Microbiologyen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectgreenlanden
dc.subjectice sheeten
dc.titleMetabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalEnvironmental Microbiologyen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Geography; University of Sheffield; Sheffield UK S10 2TN-
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences; Aberystwyth University; SY23 3DA-
dc.contributor.institutionCollege of Life and Natural Sciences; University of Derby; UK DE22 1GB-
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences; Aberystwyth University; SY23 3DA-
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences; Aberystwyth University; SY23 3DA-
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Geochemistry; Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS); 1350 Copenhagen Denmark-
dc.contributor.institutionCollege of Life and Natural Sciences; University of Derby; UK DE22 1GB-
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Glaciology, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences; Aberystwyth University; SY 23 3DA-
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