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Assessing the complex sponge microbiota: core, variable and species-specific bacterial communities in marine sponges
Marine sponges are well known for their associations with highly diverse, yet very specific and often highly similar microbiota. The aim of this study was to identify potential bacterialExpand
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Putative cross-kingdom horizontal gene transfer in sponge (Porifera) mitochondria
BackgroundThe mitochondrial genome of Metazoa is usually a compact molecule without introns. Exceptions to this rule have been reported only in corals and sea anemones (Cnidaria), in which group IExpand
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Chemical warfare on coral reefs: Sponge metabolites differentially affect coral symbiosis in situ
Coral reef ecosystems are characterized by high species diversity and intense levels of biotic interaction, particularly competition for space among sessile benthic invertebrates. Using in situ pulseExpand
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Comparison of anti-predatory defenses of Red Sea and Caribbean sponges. II. Physical defense
In addition to the commonly used chemical defense mechanism against predation, ses- sile organisms such as terrestrial plants, soft corals and seaweeds are known to have a physical defense mechanismExpand
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Antimicrobial activity of the reef sponge Amphimedon viridis from the Red Sea: evidence for selective toxicity
Living benthic marine organisms such as sponges and corals are frequently colonized by bacteria that may be pathogenic to them. One of the means by which they are able to combat micro- bial attack isExpand
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Diversity of sponge mitochondrial introns revealed by cox 1 sequences of Tetillidae
BackgroundAnimal mitochondrial introns are rare. In sponges and cnidarians they have been found in the cox 1 gene of some spirophorid and homosclerophorid sponges, as well as in the cox 1 and nad 5Expand
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The Life of a Sponge in a Sandy Lagoon.
Infaunal soft-bottom invertebrates benefit from the presence of sediment, but sedimentation is potentially harmful for hard-bottom dwellers. Most sponges live on hard bottom, but on coral reefs inExpand
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The sponge microbiome project
Abstract Marine sponges (phylum Porifera) are a diverse, phylogenetically deep-branching clade known for forming intimate partnerships with complex communities of microorganisms. To date, 16S rRNAExpand
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Implementing sponge physiological and genomic information to enhance the diversity of its culturable associated bacteria.
In recent years new approaches have emerged for culturing marine environmental bacteria. They include the use of novel culture media, sometimes with very low-nutrient content, and a variety of growthExpand
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Reproductive Biology, Taxonomy, and Aspects of Chemical Ecology of Latrunculiidae (Porifera).
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  • Biology, Medicine
  • The Biological bulletin
  • 1 June 1995
Sexual reproduction has been observed for the first time within the widely distributed sponge family, the Latrunculiidae. Latrunculia magnifica Keller 1889 was studied mainly in the northern Red SeaExpand
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