The role of microorganisms in coral health, disease and evolution

  title={The role of microorganisms in coral health, disease and evolution},
  author={Eugene Rosenberg and Omry Koren and Leah Reshef and Rotem Efrony and Ilana Zilber-Rosenberg},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
Coral microbiology is an emerging field, driven largely by a desire to understand, and ultimately prevent, the worldwide destruction of coral reefs. The mucus layer, skeleton and tissues of healthy corals all contain large populations of eukaryotic algae, bacteria and archaea. These microorganisms confer benefits to their host by various mechanisms, including photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation, the provision of nutrients and infection prevention. Conversely, in conditions of environmental stress… CONTINUE READING
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