Laboratory of microbiology and biogeochemistry of freshwater and marine aquatic environments

Саввичев_2 Alexander S. Savvichev
Dr.Sci. (Biology)
Head of Laboratory
INMI, room 507
Телефон +7 (499) 135-79-77

The Laboratory of Microbiology and Biochemistry of freshwater and marine aquatic environments within the Institute of Microbiology, USSR Academy of Sciences was established by Academician M.V. Ivanov in 1984. Its activity concentrates in assessment of the rates of microbial processes in the water column and bottom sediments in freshwater and marine environments, with a special focus at the rates of microbial processes of the carbon and sulfur cycles and determination of the geochemical effects of microbial activity.

Extensive research was carried out in the Black Sea (deep-water and coastal sites), Caspian Sea (deep trenches), and Baltic Sea (methane mud volcanoes and cold seeps). Considerable amounts of work dealt with research in the Arctic seas. The data on microbial abundance and the rates of microbial processes in the Barents, White, Kara, and Chukchi seas were obtained and published.

Priority results were obtained on assessment of the role of microorganisms in the transformation of organic matter arriving with the river inflow. Microbial communities developing on the underwater methane seeps are an important subject of investigation. Microbial activity in the water column of inland meromictic lakes is under study.

Quantitative assessment of the rates of oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis, methanogenesis and methane oxidation, and sulfate reduction was carried out for the lakes of different origin and with different mineralization levels. In the laboratory, the work on microbial biogeochemistry is closely associated with investigation of ecology and structure of aquatic microbial communities.

The laboratory works in close co-operation with P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences.


Selected publications:

  1. Ivanov M.V., Lein A.Yu., and Gal’chenko V.F., Global Methane Cycle in the Ocean Geokhimiya, 1992, no. 7, pp. 1035–1045.
  2. Ivanov M.V., Lein A.Yu., Miller Yu.M., Yusupov S.K., Pimenov N.V., Verli B., Rusanov I.I., and Zehnder A. The Effect of Microorganisms and Seasonal Factors on the Isotopic Composition of Particulate Organic Carbon from the Black Sea, Microbiology 2000, vol. 69, no. 4, pp. 449⎯459.
  3. Ivanov M.V., Lein A.Yu., and Savvichev A.S. Effect of Phytoplankton and Microorganisms on the Isotopic Composition of Organic Carbon in the Russian Arctic Seas Microbiology, 2010, Vol. 79, No. 5, pp. 567–582.
  4. Ivanov M. V., Lein A.Yu., Zakharova E.E., and Savvichev A.S. Carbon Isotopic Composition in Suspended Organic Matter and Bottom Sediments of the East Arctic Seas // Microbiology. 2012. V. 81. No. 5. P. 596–605.
  5. Lein A. Yu., Rusanov I.I., Kravchishina M.D., Ivanov M.V. Genesis of organic and carbonate carbon in sediments of the North and Middle Caspian basins inferred from the isotope data Lithol. Mineral. Res., 2012, V. 47, no. 4. P. 281–294.
  6. Savvichev A., Kokryatskaya N., Zabelina S. Rusanov I., Zakharova E., Veslopolova E., Lunina O., Patutina E., Bumazhkin B., Gruzdev D., Sigalevich P., Pimenov N., Kuznetsov B., and Gorlenko V. Microbial processes of the carbon and sulfur cycles in an ice-covered, iron-rich meromictic lake Svetloe (Arkhangelsk oblast, Russia) // Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports. Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2016 DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13591.
  7. Savvichev A.S., Lunina O.N., Rusanov II., Zakharova E.E., Veslopolova E.F., and Ivanov M.V. Microbiological and isotopic geochemical investigation of lake Kislo-Sladkoe, a meromictic water body at the Kandalaksha bay shore (White sea). Microbiology 83, 1-2 (2014), 56–66.
  8. Savvichev A.S., Rusanov I.I., Zakharova E.E., Veslopolova E.F., Mitskevich I.N., Kravchishina M.D., Lein A.Y.,Ivanov M.V. Microbial processes of the carbon and sulfur cycles in the White sea. Microbiology 77, 6 (2008), 734–751.
  9. Savvichev A.S., Rusanov I.I., Pimenov N.V., Zakharova E.E., Veslopolova E.F., Lein A.Yu., Crane K., Ivanov M.V. Microbial Processes of the Carbon and Sulfur Cycles in the Chukchi Sea. Microbiology. 2007. V. 76. No. 5. P. 603–614.
  10. Cooper L.W., Savvichev A.S., Grebmeier J.M. Abundance and Production Rates Heterotrophic Bacterioplancton in the Context of Sediment and Water Column Processes in the Chukchi Sea // Oceanography. 2015. V. 28. N. 3. P. 84-99. DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2015.59.
  11. Lunina O.N., Savvichev A.S., Krasnova E.D., Kokryatskaya N.M., Veslopolova E.F., Kuznetsov B.B., Gorlenko V.M. (2016). Succession processes in the anoxygenic phototrophic bacterial community in lake Kislo-Sladkoe (Kandalaksha bay, White sea). Microbiology. 85(5):531–544.
  12. Lunina O.N., Savvichev A.S., Kuznetsov B.B., Pimenov N.V., Gorlenko V.M. Anoxigenic phototrophic bacteria of the Kislo-Sladkoe stratified lake (White sea, Kandalaksha bay). Microbiology 82, 6 (2013), 815–832.
  13. Rusanov, I.I., Savvichev, A.S., Yusupov, S.K., Pimenov, N.V., and Ivanov, M.V., Production of Exometabolites in the Microbial Oxidation of Methane in Marine Ecosystems, Microbiology, 1998, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 590–596.
  14. Rusanov, I.I., Yusupov, S.K., Savvichev, A.S., Lein, A.Yu., Pimenov, N.V., and Ivanov, M.V., Microbial Production of Methane in the Aerobic Water Layer of the Black Sea, Doklady Biol. Sci. 2004. V. 399, no. 4, P. 493–495.