Reefs under Siege—the Rise, Putative Drivers, and Consequences of Benthic Cyanobacterial Mats

  title={Reefs under Siege—the Rise, Putative Drivers, and Consequences of Benthic Cyanobacterial Mats},
  author={Amanda K Ford and Sonia Bejarano and Maggy M. Nugues and Petra M. Visser and Simon Albert and Sebastian C. A. Ferse},
  journal={Frontiers in Marine Science},
Benthic cyanobacteria have commonly been a small but integral component of coral reef ecosystems, fulfilling the critical function of introducing bioavailable nitrogen to an inherently oligotrophic environment. Though surveys may have previously neglected benthic cyanobacteria, or grouped them with more conspicuous benthic groups, emerging evidence strongly indicates that they are becoming increasingly prevalent on reefs worldwide. Some species can form mats comprised by a diverse microbial… 

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