Characterization of Phosphorus-Releasing Bacteria in a Small Eutrophic Shallow Lake, Eastern China

Water Res. 2005 Nov;39(19):4623-32. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2005.08.036. Epub 2005 Oct 25.


Phosphorus contents and phosphorus-releasing bacteria were characterized in a small eutrophic lake, Eastern China. Total phosphorus and water soluble inorganic phosphate (WSIP) in water bodies were as high as the levels of hyper-eutrophic lakes. Calcium bound phosphate and organic phosphorus were 2 major forms of phosphorus existing in the sediments. Enumeration of inorganic phosphate-solubilizing bacteria (IPB) and organic phosphorus-mineralizing bacteria (OPB) with culture-dependent method showed that these bacterial groups were not very rich in the ecosystem. Molecular identification and phylogenetic analysis of the predominant IPB and OPB strains indicated that there existed various kinds of bacteria participating in the phosphorus release. Laboratory tests on phosphorus release abilities showed IPB strains could liberate more than 50 microgml(-1), while OPB strains produced less than 2 microgml(-1) WSIP every day.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / metabolism*
  • China
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Eutrophication
  • Fresh Water / analysis
  • Fresh Water / microbiology*
  • Geologic Sediments / chemistry
  • Geologic Sediments / microbiology*
  • Phosphorus / metabolism*
  • Time Factors
  • Water Microbiology*
  • Water Pollutants / analysis*
  • Water Pollutants / metabolism


  • Water Pollutants
  • Phosphorus