Coral-associated bacterial assemblages: current knowledge and the potential for climate-driven impacts.

  title={Coral-associated bacterial assemblages: current knowledge and the potential for climate-driven impacts.},
  author={Morgan E. Mouchka and Ian Hewson and C Drew Harvell},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  volume={50 4},
The importance of associations between microorganisms and their invertebrate hosts is becoming increasingly apparent. An emerging field, driven by the necessity to understand the microbial relationships that both maximize coral health and cause coral disease, is the study of coral-bacteria interactions. In this article, we review our current understanding of the diversity, specificity, development, and functions of coral-associated bacteria. We also summarize what is known regarding the role of… CONTINUE READING
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