Rädecker, Nils, Pogoreutz, Claudia, Voolstra, Christian R., Wiedenmann, Jörg and Wild, Christian (2015) Nitrogen cycling in corals: the key to understanding holobiont functioning?. Trends in Microbiology, 23 (8). pp. 490-497. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2015.03.008.

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Corals are animals that form close mutualistic associations with endosymbiotic photosynthetic algae of the genus Symbiodinium. Together they provide the calcium carbonate framework of coral reef ecosystems. The importance of the microbiome (i.e., bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses) to holobiont functioning has only recently been recognized. Given that growth and density of Symbiodinium within the coral host is highly dependent on nitrogen availability, nitrogen-cycling microbes may be of fundamental importance to the stability of the coral–algae symbiosis and holobiont functioning, in particular under nutrient-enriched and -depleted scenarios. We summarize what is known about nitrogen cycling in corals and conclude that disturbance of microbial nitrogen cycling may be tightly linked to coral bleaching and disease.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Ecology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2015.03.008
ISSN: 0966842X
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 11:56
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:59
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/2466

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