Genomic insights into the marine sponge microbiome

  title={Genomic insights into the marine sponge microbiome},
  author={Ute Hentschel and J{\"o}rn Piel and Sandie M. Degnan and Michael W. Taylor},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
Marine sponges (phylum Porifera) often contain dense and diverse microbial communities, which can constitute up to 35% of the sponge biomass. The genome of one sponge, Amphimedon queenslandica, was recently sequenced, and this has provided new insights into the origins of animal evolution. Complementary efforts to sequence the genomes of uncultivated sponge symbionts have yielded the first glimpse of how these intimate partnerships are formed. The remarkable microbial and chemical diversity of… CONTINUE READING
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