Long-Term Survey Is Necessary to Reveal Various Shifts of Microbial Composition in Corals
Shan-Hua Yang, Ching-Hung Tseng, Chang-Rung Huang, Chung-Pin Chen, Kshitij Tandon, Sonny TM Lee, Pei-Wen Chiang, Jia-Ho Shiu, Chaolun A Chen, Sen-Lin Tang
FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2017
The coral holobiont is the assemblage of coral host and its microbial symbionts, which functions as a unit and is responsive to host species and environmental factors. Although monitoring surveys have been done to determine bacteria associated with coral, none have persisted for >1 year. Therefore, potential variations in minor or dominant community members that occur over extended intervals have not been characterized. In this study, 16S rRNA gene amplicon pyrosequencing was used to investigate the relationship between bacterial communities in healthy Stylophora pistillata in tropical and subtropical Taiwan over 2 years, apparently one of the longest surveys of coral-associated microbes. Do..View full abstract
Funding for this study was provided by the Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.