Articles | Volume 19, issue 15
Research article
05 Aug 2022
Research article |  | 05 Aug 2022

Effects of brackish water inflow on methane-cycling microbial communities in a freshwater rewetted coastal fen

Cordula Nina Gutekunst, Susanne Liebner, Anna-Kathrina Jenner, Klaus-Holger Knorr, Viktoria Unger, Franziska Koebsch, Erwin Don Racasa, Sizhong Yang, Michael Ernst Böttcher, Manon Janssen, Jens Kallmeyer, Denise Otto, Iris Schmiedinger, Lucas Winski, and Gerald Jurasinski


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Review of egusphere-2022-65', Anonymous Referee #1, 05 May 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Cordula Gutekunst, 02 Jun 2022
  • CC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-65', Emilia Chiapponi, 26 May 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on CC1', Cordula Gutekunst, 28 May 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-65', Anonymous Referee #2, 03 Jun 2022
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Cordula Gutekunst, 16 Jun 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (21 Jun 2022) by Denise Akob
AR by Cordula Gutekunst on behalf of the Authors (23 Jun 2022)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 Jul 2022) by Denise Akob
AR by Cordula Gutekunst on behalf of the Authors (12 Jul 2022)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
Methane emissions decreased after a seawater inflow and a preceding drought in freshwater rewetted coastal peatland. However, our microbial and greenhouse gas measurements did not indicate that methane consumers increased. Rather, methane producers co-existed in high numbers with their usual competitors, the sulfate-cycling bacteria. We studied the peat soil and aimed to cover the soil–atmosphere continuum to better understand the sources of methane production and consumption.
Final-revised paper