Journal article

Experimental Inoculation of Coral Recruits With Marine Bacteria Indicates Scope for Microbiome Manipulation in Acropora tenuis and Platygyra daedalea

Katarina Damjanovic, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Patricia Menendez, Linda L Blackall



Coral-associated microorganisms are essential for maintaining the health of the coral holobiont by participating in nutrient cycling and protecting the coral host from pathogens. Under stressful conditions, disruption of the coral prokaryotic microbiome is linked to increased susceptibility to diseases and mortality. Inoculation of corals with beneficial microbes could confer enhanced stress tolerance to the host and may be a powerful tool to help corals thrive under challenging environmental conditions. Here, we explored the feasibility of coral early life stage microbiome manipulation by repeatedly inoculating coral recruits with a bacterial cocktail generated in the laboratory. Co-culturi..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (DP160101468 to MO and LB) and AIMS. KD acknowledges the receipt of the International Research Scholarship and Australian Post-graduate Award, as well as the Holsworth Endowment offered by the Ecological Society of Australia. Symbols for diagrams were modified from the ones made available by the Integration and Application Network ( MO acknowledges Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship FL180100036.