Comparative Assessment of Mediterranean Gorgonian-Associated Microbial Communities Reveals Conserved Core and Locally Variant Bacteria

@article{Water2016ComparativeAO,
  title={Comparative Assessment of Mediterranean Gorgonian-Associated Microbial Communities Reveals Conserved Core and Locally Variant Bacteria},
  author={Jeroen A. J. M. van de Water and R{\'e}my Melkonian and Christian R. Voolstra and Howard Junca and Eric B{\'e}raud and Denis Allemand and Christine Ferrier‐Pag{\`e}s},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  year={2016},
  volume={73},
  pages={466-478}
}
Gorgonians are key habitat-forming species of Mediterranean benthic communities, but their populations have suffered from mass mortality events linked to high summer seawater temperatures and microbial disease. However, our knowledge on the diversity, dynamics and function of gorgonian-associated microbial communities is limited. Here, we analysed the spatial variability of the microbiomes of five sympatric gorgonian species (Eunicella singularis, Eunicella cavolini, Eunicella verrucosa… 
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