Prokaryotic phylogenetic diversity of Hungarian deep subsurface geothermal well waters

Andrea Németh, Barbara Szirányi, Gergely Krett, Endre Janurik, Tünde Kosáros, Ferenc Pekár, Károly Márialigeti, Andrea K. Borsodi

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Geothermal wells characterized by thermal waters warmer than 30°C can be found in more than 65% of the area of Hungary. The examined thermal wells located nearby Szarvas are used for heating industrial and agricultural facilities because of their relatively high hydrocarbon content. The aim of this study was to reveal the prokaryotic community structure of the water of SZR18, K87 and SZR21 geothermal wells using molecular cloning methods and Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE). Water samples from the outflow pipes were collected in 2012 and 2013. The phylogenetic distribution of archaeal molecular clones was very similar in each sample, the most abundant groups belonged to the genera Methanosaeta, Methanothermobacter and Thermofilum. In contrast, the distribution of bacterial molecular clones was very diverse. Many of them showed the closest sequence similarities to uncultured clone sequences from similar thermal environments. From the water of the SZR18 well, phylotypes closely related to genera Fictibacillus and Alicyclobacillus (Firmicutes) were only revealed, while the bacterial diversity of the K87 well water was much higher. Here, the members of the phyla Thermodesulfobacteria, Proteobacteria, Nitrospira, Chlorobi, OP1 and OPB7 were also detected besides Firmicutes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-377
Number of pages15
JournalActa microbiologica et immunologica Hungarica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2014


  • 16S rRNA gene
  • denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis
  • geothermal well water
  • molecular cloning
  • phylogenetic diversity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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