Microbiology

Wash in, wash out, repeat

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Science  19 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6531, pp. 794-795
DOI: 10.1126/science.371.6531.794-d

Just as floods can temporarily displace human communities, intense rain periodically brings disturbances to aquatic habitats. To study these cycles of disturbance and recovery, Shabarova et al. compared physical and chemical features with microbial community dynamics in Jiřická Pond in the Czech Republic. Water inflow from extreme rain events caused a rapid disturbance, including washout of larger microorganisms, influx of nutrients, and introduction of virus-like particles. However, four well-defined phases of succession returned the pond to its original state by about 2 weeks after the disturbance.

Nat. Microbiol. 10.1038/s41564-020-00852-1 (2021).

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