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Groundwater Isolation Governs Chemistry and Microbial Community Structure along Hydrologic Flowpaths

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      This study deals with the effects of hydrodynamic functioning of hard-rock aquifers on microbial communities. In hard-rock aquifers, the heterogeneous hydrologic circulation strongly constrains groundwater residence time, hydrochemistry, and nutrient supply. Here, residence time and a wide range of environmental factors were used to test the influence of groundwater circulation on active microbial community composition, assessed by high throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA. Groundwater of different ages was sampled along hydrogeologic paths or loops, in three contrasting hard-rock aquifers in Brittany (France). Microbial community composition was driven by groundwater residence time and hydrogeologic loop position. In recent groundwater, in the upper section of the aquifers or in their recharge zone, surface water inputs caused high nitrate concentration and the predominance of putative denitrifiers. Although denitrification does not seem to fully decrease nitrate concentrations due to low dissolved organic carbon concentrations, nitrate input has a major effect on microbial communities. The occurrence of taxa possibly associated with the application of organic fertilizers was also noticed. In ancient isolated groundwater, an ecosystem based on Fe(II)/Fe(III) and S/SO 4 redox cycling was observed down to several 100 of meters below the surface. In this depth section, microbial communities were dominated by iron oxidizing bacteria belonging to Gallionellaceae. The latter were associated to old groundwater with high Fe concentrations mixed to a small but not null percentage of recent groundwater inducing oxygen concentrations below 2.5 mg/L. These two types of microbial community were observed in the three sites, independently of site geology and aquifer geometry, indicating hydrogeologic circulation exercises a major control on microbial communities.

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            1OSUR-UMR 6553 ECOBIO, Université de Rennes 1 and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Rennes, France
            2OSUR-UMR 6118 Géosciences, Université de Rennes 1 and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Rennes, France
            3BRGM, Laboratory Department Orléans, France
            4OSUR-UMS 3343, Université de Rennes 1 and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Rennes, France
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            Edited by: Partha Basu, Duquesne University, USA

            Reviewed by: John W. Moreau, University of Melbourne, Australia; Mustafa Yucel, Middle East Technical University, Turkey; Jarrod Scott, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA

            *Correspondence: Alexis Dufresne, alexis.dufresne@

            This article was submitted to Microbiological Chemistry and Geomicrobiology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Microbiology

            Front Microbiol
            Front Microbiol
            Front. Microbiol.
            Frontiers in Microbiology
            Frontiers Media S.A.
            22 December 2015
            : 6
            4686674 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01457
            Copyright © 2015 Ben Maamar, Aquilina, Quaiser, Pauwels, Michon-Coudouel, Vergnaud-Ayraud, Labasque, Roques, Abbott and Dufresne.

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            Funded by: Conseil Régional de Bretagne 10.13039/501100004584
            Funded by: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 10.13039/501100004794
            Funded by: Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières 10.13039/501100006273
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