Metapopulation structure of Vibrionaceae among coastal marine invertebrates.

  title={Metapopulation structure of Vibrionaceae among coastal marine invertebrates.},
  author={Sarah Pacocha Preheim and Yan Boucher and Hans Wildschutte and Lawrence A David and Daniele Veneziano and Eric John Alm and Martin F. Polz},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  volume={13 1},
Although animal-associated microbial communities (microbiomes) are increasingly recognized to influence health, the extent to which animals represent highly selective habitats for microbes leading to predominance of high host specificity remains poorly understood. Here, we show that vibrios, which are well-known commensals and opportunistic pathogens of marine animals, overall display little host preference, likely because of efficient dispersal-colonization dynamics mediated by food items. We… CONTINUE READING

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