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Assessing the complex sponge microbiota: core, variable and species-specific bacterial communities in marine sponges
This global analysis represents the most comprehensive study of bacterial symbionts in sponges to date and provides novel insights into the complex structure of these unique associations.
Climate change effects on a miniature ocean: the highly diverse, highly impacted Mediterranean Sea.
This miniature ocean can serve as a giant mesocosm of the world's oceans, with various sources of disturbances interacting synergistically and therefore providing an insight into a major unknown: how resilient are marine ecosystems, and how will their current functioning be modified.
Mass mortality in Northwestern Mediterranean rocky benthic communities: effects of the 2003 heat wave
Late in summer 2003, extensive mass mortality of at least 25 rocky benthic macro-invertebrate species (mainly gorgonians and sponges) was observed in the entire Northwestern (NW) Mediterranean
Mass mortality event in red coral Corallium rubrum populations in the Provence region (France, NW Mediterranean)
The main objectives of the present study were to document the mortality suffered by the red coral populations in the Provence region and assess ecological correlates of the mortality which could help to identify the putative agent or agents of the event.
Sponge systematics facing new challenges.
A review of the taxonomic changes since the publication of the Systema Porifera (2002) is presented, and problems a sponge taxonomist is still faced with nowadays are pointed to.
Marine ecosystems' responses to climatic and anthropogenic forcings in the Mediterranean
The semi-enclosed nature of the Mediterranean Sea, together with its smaller inertia due to the relative short residence time of its water masses, make it highly reactive to external forcings, in
Five new sponge species (Porifera: Demospongiae) of subtropical or tropical affinities from the coast of Lebanon (eastern Mediterranean)
Five new species of sponges are described from the coast of Lebanon in the eastern Mediterranean, Levantine Basin. Euryspongia raouchensis (Dysideidae), Liosina blastifera (Dictyonellidae) and
Temporal change in deep-sea benthic ecosystems: a review of the evidence from recent time-series studies.
The evidence for long-term changes both in biologically driven, sedimented, deep-sea ecosystems (e.g. abyssal plains) and in chemosynthetic ecosystems that are partially geologically driven, such as hydrothermal vents and cold seeps is assessed.
[Massive mortality of marine invertebrates: an unprecedented event in northwestern Mediterranean].
Taking into account the global warming context in the NW-Mediterranean, monitoring programs of physical-chemical parameters and vulnerable populations should rapidly be set up.
Effects of 12 years' operation of a sewage treatment plant on trace metal occurrence within a Mediterranean commercial sponge (Spongia officinalis, Demospongiae).
The very impressive decrease in heavy metal concentrations within the Marseille area represents an indisputable evidence of the improvement of the seawater quality resulting from 12 years' operation of the Marseilles sewage plant and might reflect an overall improvement in the seaw water quality of the NW Mediterranean.