Metamorphosis of a scleractinian coral in response to microbial biofilms.

  title={Metamorphosis of a scleractinian coral in response to microbial biofilms.},
  author={Nicole S Webster and Luke D. Smith and Andrew J. Heyward and Joy E. M. Watts and Richard I. Webb and Linda Louise Blackall and Andrew P Negri},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={70 2},
Microorganisms have been reported to induce settlement and metamorphosis in a wide range of marine invertebrate species. However, the primary cue reported for metamorphosis of coral larvae is calcareous coralline algae (CCA). Herein we report the community structure of developing coral reef biofilms and the potential role they play in triggering the metamorphosis of a scleractinian coral. Two-week-old biofilms induced metamorphosis in less than 10% of larvae, whereas metamorphosis increased… CONTINUE READING
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