Winter Planktonic Microbial Communities in Highland Aquatic Habitats

Tamás Felföldi, Selvarajan Ramganesh, Boglárka Somogyi, Gergely Krett, Laura Jurecska, Attila Szabó, Lajos Vörös, Károly Márialigeti, István Máthé

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Winter conditions in aquatic habitats of the temperate zone markedly differ from those present in warmer seasons, nevertheless, relatively scarce information is available on planktonic microbial composition, as sites are not easily accessible and it was supposed traditionally that microbial activity is low during this cold period. Since microorganisms could have great impact on the ecosystem even during winter, we explored various sites in the Eastern Carpathians regarding the abundance and taxonomic composition of planktonic microorganisms. Although many of the studied environments were extreme habitats, planktonic microbial communities were abundant and mostly diverse with the presence of previously unidentified taxa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-504
Number of pages11
JournalGeomicrobiology Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2016


  • Crater lake
  • Peat bog lake
  • Saline lake
  • Sulphuric bubbling pool
  • Winter plankton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    Felföldi, T., Ramganesh, S., Somogyi, B., Krett, G., Jurecska, L., Szabó, A., Vörös, L., Márialigeti, K., & Máthé, I. (2016). Winter Planktonic Microbial Communities in Highland Aquatic Habitats. Geomicrobiology Journal, 33(6), 494-504.