Articles | Volume 17, issue 23
Research article
03 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 03 Dec 2020

New insight to niche partitioning and ecological function of ammonia oxidizing archaea in subtropical estuarine ecosystem

Yanhong Lu, Shunyan Cheung, Ling Chen, Shuh-Ji Kao, Xiaomin Xia, Jianping Gan, Minhan Dai, and Hongbin Liu


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (18 Aug 2020) by Carolin Löscher
AR by Yanhong LU on behalf of the Authors (01 Sep 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Oct 2020) by Carolin Löscher
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (23 Oct 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (28 Oct 2020) by Carolin Löscher
AR by Yanhong LU on behalf of the Authors (28 Oct 2020)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Through a comprehensive investigation, we observed differential niche partitioning among diverse ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) sublineages in a typical subtropical estuary. Distinct AOA communities observed at DNA and RNA levels suggested that a strong divergence in ammonia-oxidizing activity among different AOA groups occurs. Our result highlights the importance of identifying major ammonia oxidizers at RNA level in future studies.
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