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Love at First Taste: Induction of Larval Settlement by Marine Microbes

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Centre of Excellence in Marine Biotechnology, Sultan Qaboos University, Al Khoud 123 P.O. Box 50, Muscat 123, Oman
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Department of Marine Science and Fisheries, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Al Khoud 123 P.O. Box 34, Muscat 123, Oman
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Marine Science and Conservation, Marine Laboratory, Nicholas School, Duke University, 135 Duke Marine Lab Road, Beaufort, NC 28516, USA
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(3), 731; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21030731
Received: 13 January 2020 / Accepted: 20 January 2020 / Published: 22 January 2020
Marine biofilms are composed of many species of bacteria, unicellular algae, and protozoa. Biofilms can induce, inhibit, or have no effect on settlement of larvae and spores of algae. In this review, we focus on induction of larval settlement by marine bacteria and unicellular eukaryotes and review publications from 2010 to September 2019. This review provides insights from meta-analysis on what is known about the effect of marine biofilms on larval settlement. Of great interest is the impact of different components of marine biofilms, such as bacteria and diatoms, extracellular polymeric substances, quorum sensing signals, unique inductive compounds, exoenzymes, and structural protein degradation products on larval settlement and metamorphosis. Molecular aspects of larval settlement and impact of climate change are reviewed and, finally, potential areas of future investigations are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: biofilm; larval settlement; bacteria; diatoms; protozoa; settlement pheromones biofilm; larval settlement; bacteria; diatoms; protozoa; settlement pheromones
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Dobretsov, S.; Rittschof, D. Love at First Taste: Induction of Larval Settlement by Marine Microbes. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 731.

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