Highly Variable Bacterial Communities Associated with the Octocoral Antillogorgia elisabethae
AbstractAntillogorgia elisabethae (synonymous with Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae) is a common branching octocoral in Caribbean reef ecosystems. A. elisabethae is a rich source of anti-inflammatory diterpenes, thus this octocoral has been the subject of numerous natural product investigations, yet relatively little is known regarding the composition, diversity and the geographic and temporal stability of its microbiome. To characterize the composition, diversity and stability of bacterial communities of Bahamian A. elisabethae populations, 17 A. elisabethae samples originating from five sites within The Bahamas were characterized by 16S rDNA pyrosequencing. A. elisabethae bacterial communities were less diverse and distinct from those of surrounding seawater samples. Analyses of α- and β-diversity revealed that A. elisabethae bacterial communities were highly variable between A. elisabethae samples from The Bahamas. This contrasts results obtained from a previous study of three specimens collected from Providencia Island, Colombia, which found A. elisabethae bacterial communities to be highly structured. Taxa belonging to the Rhodobacteriales, Rhizobiales, Flavobacteriales and Oceanospiralles were identified as potential members of the A. elisabethae core microbiome. View Full-Text
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Robertson, V.; Haltli, B.; McCauley, E.P.; Overy, D.P.; Kerr, R.G. Highly Variable Bacterial Communities Associated with the Octocoral Antillogorgia elisabethae. Microorganisms 2016, 4, 23.
Robertson V, Haltli B, McCauley EP, Overy DP, Kerr RG. Highly Variable Bacterial Communities Associated with the Octocoral Antillogorgia elisabethae. Microorganisms. 2016; 4(3):23.Chicago/Turabian Style
Robertson, Veronica; Haltli, Brad; McCauley, Erin P.; Overy, David P.; Kerr, Russell G. 2016. "Highly Variable Bacterial Communities Associated with the Octocoral Antillogorgia elisabethae." Microorganisms 4, no. 3: 23.
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