Journal article

Microbiome characterization of defensive tissues in the model anemone Exaiptasia diaphana

Justin Maire, Linda L Blackall, Madeleine JH van Oppen

BMC Microbiology | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. This success relies on the coral's association with a wide range of microorganisms, including dinoflagellates of the family Symbiodiniaceae that provide coral hosts with most of their organic carbon requirements. While bacterial associates have long been overlooked, research on these microorganisms is gaining traction, and deciphering bacterial identity and function is greatly enhancing our understanding of cnidarian biology. Here, we investigated bacterial communities in defensive tissues (acontia) of the coral model, the sea anemone Exaiptasia diaphana. Acontia are internal filaments that are ejected upo..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship FL180100036 (to MJHvO).