Javascript is not activated in your browser. This website needs javascript activated to work properly.
You are here

Experimentally induced habitat filtering in marine bacterial communities

  • Mikael Pontarp
  • Johanna Sjöstedt
  • Per Lundberg
Publishing year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 77-406
Publication/Series: Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Volume: 477
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Inter-Research

Abstract english

We tested the habitat filtering hypothesis by measuring the phylogenetic structure in marine bacterial communities before and after experimentally induced stress. The habitat filtering hypothesis predicts that phylogenetic clustering (mean relatedness) should increase as the environment becomes suitable for only a subset of the original community. We show that community composition and phylogenetic structure were considerably changed with changes in salinity and dissolved organic carbon. Community composition showed no consistent patterns, while the phylogenetic relatedness between species consistently increased with treatment. We have no information about species interactions in our system, but the phylogenetic signal is strong enough to suggest that habitat filtering is the dominant assembly process. Our results support the hypothesis that habitat characteristics and environmental stress can 'filter' a community so that only closely related species can persist. This non-random phylogenetic signal also implies a relationship between ecologically relevant characteristics and species relatedness.


  • Biological Sciences
  • Habitat filtering
  • Phylogenetic structure
  • Niche conservatism
  • Microbial
  • ecology


  • ISSN: 1616-1599
Portrait of Johanna Sjöstedt
E-mail: johanna [dot] sjostedt [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Postdoctoral fellow

Division aquatic ecology

+46 46 222 84 38

+46 73 913 31 19




Aquatic Ecology


Research group

Aquatic Ecology



Postdoc host

  • Emma Kritzberg
  • Eva Lindström, Uppsala University
  • Silke Langenheder, Uppsala University

Downloads & Links

Raw data for the artikel Effect of repeated disturbances on resistance and resilience in aquatic bacterioplankton communities (Zip; 2 MB)