Microbial Ecology

, Volume 78, Issue 2, pp 313–323 | Cite as

The Dynamic of a River Model Bacterial Community in Two Different Media Reveals a Divergent Succession and an Enhanced Growth of Most Strains Compared to Monocultures

  • Lise Goetghebuer
  • Mathias Bonal
  • Karoline Faust
  • Pierre Servais
  • Isabelle F. GeorgeEmail author
Microbiology of Aquatic Systems


The dynamic of a community of 20 bacterial strains isolated from river water was followed in R2 broth and in autoclaved river water medium for 27 days in batch experiments. At an early stage of incubation, a fast-growing specialist strain, Acinetobater sp., dominated the community in both media. Later on, the community composition in both media diverged but was highly reproducible across replicates. In R2, several strains previously reported to degrade multiple simple carbon sources prevailed. In autoclaved river water, the community was more even and became dominated by several strains growing faster or exclusively in that medium. Those strains have been reported in the literature to degrade complex compounds. Their growth rate in the community was 1.5- to 7-fold greater than that observed in monoculture. Furthermore, those strains developed simultaneously in the community. Together, our results suggest the existence of cooperative interactions within the community incubated in autoclaved river water.


River Bacteria Model community Growth rate Interactions 



The authors thank Adriana Anzil for her contribution to the experimental work. They also thank the reviewers for their careful reading of the manuscript and their constructive comments to improve it.

Funding information

This work was supported by the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique FRS-FNRS in the scope of the project “DYNAMO” [T.1037.14].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecology of Aquatic SystemsUniversité libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Laboratory of Molecular Bacteriology (Rega Institute)Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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