A bacterial pathogen uses dimethylsulfoniopropionate as a cue to target heat-stressed corals

  title={A bacterial pathogen uses dimethylsulfoniopropionate as a cue to target heat-stressed corals},
  author={Melissa Garren and Kwangmin Son and Jean-Baptiste Raina and Roberto Rusconi and Filippo Menolascina and Orr H Shapiro and Jessica Tout and David G Bourne and Justin R. Seymour and Roman Stocker},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
Diseases are an emerging threat to ocean ecosystems. Coral reefs, in particular, are experiencing a worldwide decline because of disease and bleaching, which have been exacerbated by rising seawater temperatures. Yet, the ecological mechanisms behind most coral diseases remain unidentified. Here, we demonstrate that a coral pathogen, Vibrio coralliilyticus, uses chemotaxis and chemokinesis to target the mucus of its coral host, Pocillopora damicornis. A primary driver of this response is the… CONTINUE READING
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