The coral core microbiome identifies rare bacterial taxa as ubiquitous endosymbionts

Ainsworth, Tracy D., Krause, Lutz, Bridge, Thomas, Torda, Gergely, Raina, Jean-Baptise, Zakrzewski, Martha, Gates, Ruth D., Padilla-Gamino, Jacqueline L., Spalding, Heather L., Smith, Celia, Woolsey, Erika S., Bourne, David G., Bongaerts, Pim, Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove and Leggat, William (2015) The coral core microbiome identifies rare bacterial taxa as ubiquitous endosymbionts. The ISME Journal, 9 10: 2261-2274. doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.39

Author Ainsworth, Tracy D.
Krause, Lutz
Bridge, Thomas
Torda, Gergely
Raina, Jean-Baptise
Zakrzewski, Martha
Gates, Ruth D.
Padilla-Gamino, Jacqueline L.
Spalding, Heather L.
Smith, Celia
Woolsey, Erika S.
Bourne, David G.
Bongaerts, Pim
Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove
Leggat, William
Title The coral core microbiome identifies rare bacterial taxa as ubiquitous endosymbionts
Journal name The ISME Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-7370
Publication date 2015-10-23
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/ismej.2015.39
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 10
Start page 2261
End page 2274
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Despite being one of the simplest metazoans, corals harbor some of the most highly diverse and abundant microbial communities. Differentiating core, symbiotic bacteria from this diverse host-associated consortium is essential for characterizing the functional contributions of bacteria but has not been possible yet. Here we characterize the coral core microbiome and demonstrate clear phylogenetic and functional divisions between the micro-scale, niche habitats within the coral host. In doing so, we discover seven distinct bacterial phylotypes that are universal to the core microbiome of coral species, separated by thousands of kilometres of oceans. The two most abundant phylotypes are co-localized specifically with the corals’ endosymbiotic algae and symbiont-containing host cells. These bacterial symbioses likely facilitate the success of the dinoflagellate endosymbiosis with corals in diverse environmental regimes.
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