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Inter- and intra-habitat bacterial diversity associated with cold-water corals.
ISME J. 2009 Jun; 3(6):756-9.IJ

Abstract

The discovery of large ecosystems of cold-water corals (CWC), stretching along continental margins in depths of hundreds to thousands of meters, has raised many questions regarding their ecology, biodiversity and relevance as deep-sea hard-ground habitat. This study represents the first investigation that explicitly targets bacterial diversity from distinct microbial habitats associated with the cosmopolitan reef-building coral Lophelia pertusa, and also compares natural (fjord) and controlled (aquarium) conditions. Coral skeleton surface, coral mucus, ambient seawater and reef sediments clearly showed habitat-specific differences in community structure and operational taxonomic unit (OTU) number. Especially in the natural environment, bacterial communities associated with coral-generated habitats were significantly more diverse than those present in the surrounding, non-coral habitats, or those in artificial coral living conditions (fjord vs aquarium). These findings strongly indicate characteristic coral-microbe associations and, furthermore, suggest that the variety of coral-generated habitats within reef systems promotes microbial diversity in the deep ocean.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Microbial Habitat Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19279671

Citation

Schöttner, Sandra, et al. "Inter- and Intra-habitat Bacterial Diversity Associated With Cold-water Corals." The ISME Journal, vol. 3, no. 6, 2009, pp. 756-9.
Schöttner S, Hoffmann F, Wild C, et al. Inter- and intra-habitat bacterial diversity associated with cold-water corals. ISME J. 2009;3(6):756-9.
Schöttner, S., Hoffmann, F., Wild, C., Rapp, H. T., Boetius, A., & Ramette, A. (2009). Inter- and intra-habitat bacterial diversity associated with cold-water corals. The ISME Journal, 3(6), 756-9. https://doi.org/10.1038/ismej.2009.15
Schöttner S, et al. Inter- and Intra-habitat Bacterial Diversity Associated With Cold-water Corals. ISME J. 2009;3(6):756-9. PubMed PMID: 19279671.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Inter- and intra-habitat bacterial diversity associated with cold-water corals. AU - Schöttner,Sandra, AU - Hoffmann,Friederike, AU - Wild,Christian, AU - Rapp,Hans Tore, AU - Boetius,Antje, AU - Ramette,Alban, Y1 - 2009/03/12/ PY - 2009/3/13/entrez PY - 2009/3/13/pubmed PY - 2009/6/24/medline SP - 756 EP - 9 JF - The ISME journal JO - ISME J VL - 3 IS - 6 N2 - The discovery of large ecosystems of cold-water corals (CWC), stretching along continental margins in depths of hundreds to thousands of meters, has raised many questions regarding their ecology, biodiversity and relevance as deep-sea hard-ground habitat. This study represents the first investigation that explicitly targets bacterial diversity from distinct microbial habitats associated with the cosmopolitan reef-building coral Lophelia pertusa, and also compares natural (fjord) and controlled (aquarium) conditions. Coral skeleton surface, coral mucus, ambient seawater and reef sediments clearly showed habitat-specific differences in community structure and operational taxonomic unit (OTU) number. Especially in the natural environment, bacterial communities associated with coral-generated habitats were significantly more diverse than those present in the surrounding, non-coral habitats, or those in artificial coral living conditions (fjord vs aquarium). These findings strongly indicate characteristic coral-microbe associations and, furthermore, suggest that the variety of coral-generated habitats within reef systems promotes microbial diversity in the deep ocean. SN - 1751-7370 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19279671/Inter__and_intra_habitat_bacterial_diversity_associated_with_cold_water_corals_ L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ismej.2009.15 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -