The future of coral reefs: a microbial perspective

Ainsworth, Tracy D., Thurber, Rebecca Vega, and Gates, Ruth D. (2010) The future of coral reefs: a microbial perspective. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25 (4). pp. 233-240.

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Abstract

Microbial communities respond and quickly adapt to disturbance and have central roles in ecosystem function. Yet, the many roles of coral-associated microbial communities are not currently accounted for in predicting future responses of reef ecosystems. Here, we propose that a clearer understanding of coral-associated microbial diversity and its interaction with both host and environment will identify important linkages occurring between the microbial communities and macroecological change. Characterizing these links is fundamental to understanding coral reef resilience and will improve our capacity to predict ecological change.

Item ID: 10145
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Funders: Australian Research Council
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2010 00:00
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060504 Microbial Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 100%
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