Journal article

Coral microbiome dynamics, functions and design in a changing world

Madeleine JH van Oppen, Linda L Blackall

NATURE REVIEWS MICROBIOLOGY | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

Corals associate not only with dinoflagellates, which are their algal endosymbionts and which have been extensively studied over the past four decades, but also with a variety of other microorganisms. The coral microbiome includes dinoflagellates, viruses, fungi, archaea and bacteria, with knowledge of the latter growing rapidly. This Review focuses on the bacterial members of the coral microbiome and draws parallels with better-studied microbiomes in other biological systems. We synthesize current understanding of spatial, temporal and host-specific patterns in coral-associated bacterial communities, the drivers shaping these patterns, and the role of the microbiome in acclimatization and a..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

M. J. H. v. O. acknowledges Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship FL180100036. The authors acknowledge K. Fabricius and E. Matson, both at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, for taking photographs in figure 1 and K. Damjanovic, University of Queensland, for taking the photograph in figure 3.