Defining the core microbiome in corals' microbial soup

Hernandez-Agreda, Alejandra, Gates, Ruth D., and Ainsworth, Tracy D. (2017) Defining the core microbiome in corals' microbial soup. Trends in Microbiology, 25 (2). pp. 125-140.

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Abstract

Corals are considered one of the most complex microbial biospheres studied to date, hosting thousands of bacterial phylotypes in species-specific associations. There are, however, substantial knowledge gaps and challenges in understanding the functional significance of bacterial communities and bacterial symbioses of corals. The ubiquitous nature of some bacterial interactions has only recently been investigated and an accurate differentiation between the healthy (symbiotic) and unhealthy (dysbiotic) microbial state has not yet been determined. Here we review the complexity of the coral holobiont, coral microbiome diversity, and recently proposed bacterial symbioses of corals. We provide insight into coupling the core microbiome framework with community ecology principals, and draw on the theoretical insights from other complex systems, to build a framework to aid in deciphering ecologically significant microbes within a corals' microbial soup.

Item ID: 50754
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-4380
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 2 of the following PhD thesis: Hernández Agreda, Alejandra Isabel (2018) Deciphering the bacterial microworld in corals: structure, variability and persistence. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CE), AusAID
Projects and Grants: AusAID Australia Award
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 11:39
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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