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Microorganisms 2018, 6(3), 91;

Microbial Community and Potential Pathogen Shifts Along an Ornamental Fish Supply Chain

The Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA
Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University, P.O. Box 59, 1790 AB Den Burg, The Netherlands
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, 80 Waterman Street Box G-W, Providence, RI 02912, USA
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Department of Microbiome Sciences, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
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Received: 21 July 2018 / Revised: 14 August 2018 / Accepted: 16 August 2018 / Published: 25 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gut Microorganisms of Aquatic Animals)
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There is broad interest in disease spread through the pet trade, but empirical research on hosts and pathogens in transit along actual trade routes is notably absent. Using next-generation DNA sequencing, and partnering with the ornamental fish industry, we tracked shifts in microbial community and potential pathogen structure associated with Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma desjardinii) along the United States (U.S.) leg of an international supply chain. We observed striking changes in microbial diversity and composition of potential pathogens, including increased dominance of vibrios of fishes in transit. Our pilot findings suggest that high investment in fishes early in the supply chain may not matter to their long-term health depending on end destination conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: amplicon sequencing; Sailfin Tang; fish microbiome amplicon sequencing; Sailfin Tang; fish microbiome

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Amaral-Zettler, L.A.; Schmidt, V.; Smith, K.F. Microbial Community and Potential Pathogen Shifts Along an Ornamental Fish Supply Chain. Microorganisms 2018, 6, 91.

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