Impact of water quality parameters on geosmin levels and geosmin producers in European recirculating aquaculture systems

Mie Bech Lukassen*, Simon Menanteau-Ledouble, Nadieh de Jonge*, Edward Schram, Jeppe Lund Nielsen*


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Aims: Geosmin is associated with off-flavour problems in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) and represents an economic problem for the aquaculture industry. This study aims at investigating factors influencing the composition of the bacterial microbiota, in particular the presence of geosmin producers and the environmental and farming factors favouring geosmin accumulation. Methods and Results: Several water quality parameters were correlated to the composition of the microbiota with special emphasis on the presence of geosmin producers within 26 different RAS from four European countries. Three novel groups of geosmin-producing bacteria were quantified to identify potential correlations with geosmin concentration. Conclusions: The microbiome differed significantly between systems. However, phosphate levels, calcium levels and redox potential correlated to geosmin concentration in the water and the presence of the Actinomycetales geosmin-producers but not with the presence of other groups of geosmin-producing bacteria. Oxygen levels and conductivity were found to negatively correlate with geosmin concentration. A large proportion of the detected geosmin producers represented novel taxonomic groups not previously linked with this activity. Significance and Impact of the Study: These results improve our understanding of the diversity of microbiota in RAS and the water quality parameters favouring the populations of geosmin-producing bacteria and the production of geosmin.

TidsskriftJournal of Applied Microbiology
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)2475-2487
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 2022

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