Introducing the mangrove microbiome initiative: identifying microbial research priorities and approaches to better understand, protect, and rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems

Allard, Sarah M., Costa, Matthew T., Bulseco, Ashley N., Helfer, Véronique, Wilkins, Laetitia G.E., Hassenrück, Christiane, Zengler, Karsten, Zimmer, Martin, Erazo, Natalia, Mazza Rodrigues, Jorge L., Duke, Norman, Melo, Vânia M.M., Vanwonterghem, Inka, Junca, Howard, Makonde, Huxley M., Jiménez, Diego Javier, Tavares, Tallita C.L., Fusi, Marco, Daffonchio, Daniele, Duarte, Carlos M., Peixoto, Raquel S., Rosado, Alexandre S., Gilbert, Jack A., and Bowman, Jeff (2020) Introducing the mangrove microbiome initiative: identifying microbial research priorities and approaches to better understand, protect, and rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems. mSystems, 5 (5). e0065820.

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Abstract

Mangrove ecosystems provide important ecological benefits and ecosystem services, including carbon storage and coastline stabilization, but they also suffer great anthropogenic pressures. Microorganisms associated with mangrove sediments and the rhizosphere play key roles in this ecosystem and make essential contributions to its productivity and carbon budget. Understanding this nexus and moving from descriptive studies of microbial taxonomy to hypothesis-driven field and lab studies will facilitate a mechanistic understanding of mangrove ecosystem interaction webs and open opportunities for microorganism-mediated approaches to mangrove protection and rehabilitation. Such an effort calls for a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach, involving chemists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, microbiologists, oceanographers, plant scientists, conservation biologists, and stakeholders, and it requires standardized methods to support reproducible experiments. Here, we outline the Mangrove Microbiome Initiative, which is focused around three urgent priorities and three approaches for advancing mangrove microbiome research.

Item ID: 66671
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2379-5077
Keywords: Ecosystem rehabilitation, Ecosystem services, Mangrove, Microbiome, Rhizosphere
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 Allard et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
Funders: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Projects and Grants: NERC grant NE/S006990/1
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2021 21:50
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310703 Microbial ecology @ 30%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410403 Environmental education and extension @ 40%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1802 Coastal and estuarine systems and management > 180201 Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280111 Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences @ 50%
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