Journal article

Assessment of bacterial community composition within and among Acropora loripes colonies in the wild and in captivity

Katarina Damjanovic, Linda L Blackall, Lesa M Peplow, Madeleine JH van Oppen

CORAL REEFS | SPRINGER | Published : 2020


A growing number of studies have provided insights into the diversity of coral-associated bacteria and their function in the coral holobiont. Yet, information about spatial heterogeneity of bacteria within coral colonies is limited. Using 16S rRNA gene metabarcoding, we analyzed the bacterial community composition across four distinct locations in each of five wild Acropora loripes colonies. Considerable variation within and among colonies was present, which has implications for sampling strategies and data interpretation in coral microbiome research. Bacterial assemblages significantly differed in alpha and beta diversity among colonies, with all corals possessing a high relative abundance ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Grant Milton and Craig Humphrey for coral collection in the field and the National Sea Simulator team at AIMS for maintaining the corals in aquaria. This work was funded by Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship FL180100036 to MJHvO.