Journal article

The Effect of Thermal Stress on the Bacterial Microbiome of Exaiptasia diaphana

Leon M Hartman, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Linda L Blackall

MICROORGANISMS | MDPI | Published : 2020


Coral bleaching linked to climate change has generated interest in the response of coral's bacterial microbiome to thermal stress. The sea anemone, Exaiptasia diaphana, is a popular coral model, but the response of its bacteria to thermal stress has been barely explored. To address this, we compared the bacterial communities of Great Barrier Reef (GBR) E. diaphana maintained at 26 °C or exposed to increasing temperature (26-33 °C) over two weeks. Communities were analyzed by metabarcoding of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. Bleaching and Symbiodiniaceae health were assessed by Symbiodiniaceae cell density and dark-adapted quantum yield (Fv/Fm), respectively. Significant bleaching and reductions ..

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