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    Amnebrink, Dennis
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Infection intensity and molecular characterization of eye flukes in round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus).2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) is an invasive species to the Baltic Sea and is rapidly expanding its range. Apart from competition with native fish, a novel species may face, or introduce, pathogens. Previous research has shown that round gobies have a high infection rate by eye flukes of the Diplostomum genus. To study prevalence and infection intensity of Diplostomum parasites in fish in an area recently colonized by round gobies, the shallow water community of round goby, common bleak (Alburnus alburnus) and three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) was examined. The fish were screened for presence of parasites in the lenses of caught fish, and abundance of parasites was compared between the host species. The round goby had the highest infection intensity of the host species, and there was no difference in infection intensity between the common bleak and three spined stickleback. To support microscopy-based identification, the parasites from the round gobies were determined to genus/species level using molecular detection and sequencing, enabling a Diplostomum species composition inventory in round gobies. Results showed that at least three species of Diplostomum infected round gobies in this population, and that there was a negative correlation between body condition and the parasite intensity indicating fitness effects resulting from infection.

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    Amnebrink, Dennis
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
    Transcriptomic profiling of marine bacteria between development and senescence phases of a phytoplankton bloom2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Bacterioplankton provide important ecosystem functions by carrying out biogeochemical cycling of organic matter. Playing an important role in the microbial loop they help remineralize carbon and nutrients. Bacteria also interact with phytoplankton during phytoplankton blooms. However, fundamental understanding on the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in the degradation of phytoplankton-derived organic matter is still in its infancy. Therefore, we analysed data from a mesocosm experiment following a natural phytoplankton-bloom from an upwelling system in the North- East Atlantic Ocean. The purpose was to contribute a mechanistic understanding based on functional gene expression analysis of natural microbial assemblages. Our results show the difference in functional gene expression within a bacterial metacommunity and how this functional response drastically switches between bloom build up and senescence. Transcripts showed a broad change in gene expression involving major SEED categories, with the bloom senescence phase exhibiting a higher relative abundance in major categories such as Carbohydrates, Protein Metabolism and Amino Acids and Derivatives. Within these categories genes connected to carbon utilization and transport systems (Ton and Tol) as well as chemotaxis showed a higher abundance during bloom senescence. The change in functionality based on transcripts showed a different bacterial community composition appearing over a very short time. We thus conclude that the bacterial functional gene expression response between build-up and degradation bloom phases is remarkably different and associated with a change in the identity of bacteria with active expression. Our findings highlight the importance of bacterial substrate specialists with different functional roles during different time points of phytoplankton blooms.

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