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dc.contributor.authorRoder, Cornelia
dc.contributor.authorBayer, Till
dc.contributor.authorAranda, Manuel
dc.contributor.authorKruse, Maren
dc.contributor.authorVoolstra, Christian R.
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-31T08:52:26Z
dc.date.available2015-05-31T08:52:26Z
dc.date.issued2015-06-19
dc.identifier.citationMicrobiome structure of the fungid coral Ctenactis echinata aligns with environmental differences 2015:n/a Molecular Ecology
dc.identifier.issn09621083
dc.identifier.pmid26018191
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/mec.13251
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/556096
dc.description.abstractThe significance of bacteria for eukaryotic functioning is increasingly recognized. Coral reef ecosystems critically rely on the relationship between coral hosts and their intracellular photosynthetic dinoflagellates, but the role of the associated bacteria remains largely theoretical. Here, we set out to relate coral-associated bacterial communities of the fungid host species Ctenactis echinata to environmental settings (geographic location, substrate cover, summer/winter, nutrient and suspended matter concentrations) and coral host abundance. We show that bacterial diversity of C. echinata aligns with ecological differences between sites and that coral colonies sampled at the species’ preferred habitats are primarily structured by one bacterial taxon (genus Endozoicomonas) representing more than 60% of all bacteria. In contrast, host microbiomes from lower populated coral habitats are less structured and more diverse. Our study demonstrates that the content and structure of the coral microbiome aligns with environmental differences and denotes habitat adequacy. Availability of a range of coral host habitats might be important for the conservation of distinct microbiome structures and diversity.
dc.publisherWiley
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/mec.13251
dc.rightsThis is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectSymbiosis
dc.subjectMicrobiome
dc.subjectMetaorganism
dc.subjectHolobiont
dc.subjectEcological Niche
dc.subjectCoral Reef
dc.titleMicrobiome structure of the fungid coral Ctenactis echinata aligns with environmental differences
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalMolecular Ecology
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's version/PDF
dc.contributor.institutionLeibniz-Center for Tropical Marine Ecology; Bremen Germany
dc.contributor.institutionGEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
kaust.personRoder, Cornelia
kaust.personBayer, Till
kaust.personAranda, Manuel
kaust.personVoolstra, Christian R.
refterms.dateFOA2018-06-13T09:54:48Z
dc.date.published-online2015-06-19
dc.date.published-print2015-07


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