Diversity and distribution of subterranean bacteria in groundwater at Oklo in Gabon, Africa, as determined by 16S rRNA gene sequencing

Mol Ecol. 1996 Jun;5(3):427-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294x.1996.tb00332.x.


This paper describes how ground water was sampled, DNA extracted, amplified and cloned and how information available in the ribosomal 16S rRNA gene was used for mapping diversity and distribution of subterranean bacteria in groundwater at the Bangombé site in the Oklo region. The results showed that this site was inhabited by a diversified population of bacteria. Each borehole was dominated by species that did not dominate in any of the other boreholes; a result that probably reflects documented differences in the geochemical environment. Two of the sequences obtained were identified at genus level to represent Acinetobacter and Zoogloea, but most of the 44 sequences found were only distantly related to species in the DNA database. The deepest borehole, BAX01 (105 m), had the highest number of bacteria and also total organic carbon (TOC). This borehole harboured only Proteobacteria beta group sequences while sequences related to Proteobacteria beta, gamma and delta groups and Gram-positive bacteria were found in the other four boreholes. Two of the boreholes, BAX02 (34 m) and BAX04 (10 m) had many 16S rRNA gene sequences in common and also had similar counts of bacteria, content of TOC, pH and equal conductivity, suggesting a hydraulic connection between them.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter / classification
  • Acinetobacter / genetics
  • Bacteria / classification
  • Bacteria / genetics*
  • Biological Evolution*
  • DNA, Ribosomal / chemistry
  • DNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • Gabon
  • Genes, Bacterial*
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria / classification
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria / genetics
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics*
  • Water Microbiology*
  • Zoogloea / classification
  • Zoogloea / genetics*


  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S

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