Adaptation of cyanobacteria to the sulfide-rich microenvironment of black band disease of coral.

Abstract

Black band disease (BBD) is a cyanobacteria-dominated microbial mat that migrates across living coral colonies lysing coral tissue and leaving behind exposed coral skeleton. The mat is sulfide-rich due to the presence of sulfate-reducing bacteria, integral members of the BBD microbial community, and the sulfide they produce is lethal to corals. The effect… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2008.00619.x

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