TitleMicrobial indicators of environmental perturbations in coral reef ecosystems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsGlasl B, Bourne DG, Frade PR, Thomas T, Schaffelke B, Webster NS
JournalMicrobiome
Volume7
Issue1
Date PublishedJan-12-2019
Abstract

Coral reefs are facing unprecedented pressure on local and global scales. Sensitive and rapid markers for ecosystem stress are urgently needed to underpin effective management and restoration strategies. Although the fundamental contribution of microbes to the stability and functioning of coral reefs is widely recognised, it remains unclear how different reef microbiomes respond to environmental perturbations and whether microbiomes are sensitive enough to predict environmental anomalies that can lead to ecosystem stress. However, the lack of coral reef microbial baselines hinders our ability to study the link between shifts in microbiomes and ecosystem stress. In this study, we established a comprehensive microbial reference database for selected Great Barrier Reef sites to assess the diagnostic value of multiple free-living and host-associated reef microbiomes to infer the environmental state of coral reef ecosystems.

URLhttps://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-019-0705-7
DOI10.1186/s40168-019-0705-7
Short TitleMicrobiome

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