Continental-scale variation in seaweed host-associated bacterial communities is a function of host condition, not geography.

@article{Marzinelli2015ContinentalscaleVI,
  title={Continental-scale variation in seaweed host-associated bacterial communities is a function of host condition, not geography.},
  author={Ezequiel M Marzinelli and Alexandra H. Campbell and Enrique Zozaya Valdes and Adriana Verg{\'e}s and Shaun J. Nielsen and Thomas Wernberg and Thibaut de Bettignies and Scott W. Bennett and J. Gregory Caporaso and Torsten Thomas and Peter D. Steinberg},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={17 10},
  pages={4078-88}
}
Interactions between hosts and associated microbial communities can fundamentally shape the development and ecology of 'holobionts', from humans to marine habitat-forming organisms such as seaweeds. In marine systems, planktonic microbial community structure is mainly driven by geography and related environmental factors, but the large-scale drivers of host-associated microbial communities are largely unknown. Using 16S-rRNA gene sequencing, we characterized 260 seaweed-associated bacterial and… CONTINUE READING
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