This project studied the composition of particle-associated and free-living bacterial communities along the salinity gradient of the Weser estuary between the city of Bremen (freshwater) and the river plume in the North Sea beyond Bremerhaven. A special emphasis was on identifying the most important and abundant bacterial populations and their dynamics mediating the turnover of particulate and dissolved organic substrates.
Selje, N., Brinkhoff, T. Simon, M. 2005. Detection of abundant bacteria in the Weser estuary by culture-dependent and culture independent approaches. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 39: 17-34.
Selje, N., Simon, M., Brinkhoff, T. 2004. A newly discovered Roseobacter cluster in temperate and polar oceans. Nature 427: 445-448.
Selje, N., Simon, M. 2003. Composition and dynamics of particle-associated and free-living bacterial communities in the Weser estuary, Germany. Aquat Microb Ecol. 30: 221-236.