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Volume 15, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 15, 5169–5187, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5169-2018
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Biogeosciences, 15, 5169–5187, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5169-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 29 Aug 2018

Research article | 29 Aug 2018

Niche differentiation of ammonia and nitrite oxidizers along a salinity gradient from the Pearl River estuary to the South China Sea

Lei Hou et al.
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The niche differentiation of ammonia and nitrite oxidizers is controversial because they display disparate patterns in different environments. Combining molecular and nitrification rate analyses, our study clarified that water mass mixing and the substrate availability primarily regulated the niche differentiation of nitrifier populations along a salinity gradient. The nitrifier populations may have specific adaptations to different substrate conditions through their ecological strategies.
The niche differentiation of ammonia and nitrite oxidizers is controversial because they display...
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