Community characteristics of aerobic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) and anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing (anammox) bacteria in Honghe freshwater marsh, a Ramsar-designated wetland in Northeast China, were analyzed in this study. Samples were collected from surface and low layers of sediments in the Experimental, Buffer, and Core Zones in the reserve. Community structures of AOB were investigated using both 16S rRNA and amoA (encoding for the α-subunit of the ammonia monooxygenase) genes. Majority of both 16S rRNA and amoA gene-PCR amplified sequences obtained from the samples in the three zones affiliated with Nitrosospira, which agreed with other wetland studies. A relatively high richness of β-AOB amoA gene detected in the freshwater marsh might suggest minimal external pressure was experienced, providing a suitable habitat for β-AOB communities. Anammox bacteria communities were assessed using both 16S rRNA and hzo (encoding for hydrazine oxidoreductase) genes. However, PCR amplification of the hzo gene in all samples failed, suggesting that the utilization of hzo biomarker for detecting anammox bacteria in freshwater marsh might have serious limitations. Results with 16S rRNA gene showed that Candidatus Kuenenia was detected in only the Experimental Zone, whereas Ca. Scalindua including different lineages was observed in both the Buffer and Experimental Zones but not the Core Zone. These results indicated that both AOB and anammox bacteria have specific distribution patterns in the ecosystem corresponding to the extent of anthropogenic impact.
- Anthropogenic pollution
- Hydrazine oxidoreductase