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  • College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
  • Biofilms, microbial mats, Bioinformatics dedicated to microbial studies, Genomic and evolutionary studies, Microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions, Microbial ecology and environmental microbiology, Microbial symbiosis, Microbiomes
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coral reef microbiology, bacterial-animal symbiosis, host associated microbiome, population genomics

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The bacterial microbiome of symbiotic and menthol-bleached polyps of long-term aquarium-reared Galaxea fascicularis

An important step forward in deciphering coral symbiosis through manipulative approaches

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As complex multipartite interactions among the coral host and coral-associated microbial entities including the dinoflagellate symbionts, bacteria, archaea and viruses, have been appreciated, a manipulatable, less-complex study system is desired to deepen our functional understanding of this fascinating symbiotic system. Among experimental manipulation approaches, removal of the algal symbionts using menthol is widely implemented; however, its effect on the rest of the coral-associated symbiotic members has not been explored, which is critical knowledge to assess experimental works using this popular method. This preprint by Puntin et al. (https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.08.23.554380) presents an important observation in this aspect. Their initial observations suggest that menthol-induced coral bleaching introduces stochastic changes in associated bacterial communities, which resemble dysbiosis, making bacterial communities more dissimilar from each other. They also observed low taxonomic diversity in bacterial communities on the corals maintained in aquaria over several months, worth noting as a positive value as an experimental system. Their data are preliminary by nature, while they present intriguing ideas that warrant further studies.

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Puntin G, Wong JCY, Röthig T, Baker DM, Sweet M, Ziegler M (2024). The bacterial microbiome of symbiotic and menthol-bleached polyps of long-term aquarium-reared Galaxea fascicularis (2024). bioRxiv, ver.4., peer-reviewed and recommended by Peer Community In Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.08.23.554380 

 

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SATO YuiORCID_LOGO

  • College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
  • Biofilms, microbial mats, Bioinformatics dedicated to microbial studies, Genomic and evolutionary studies, Microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions, Microbial ecology and environmental microbiology, Microbial symbiosis, Microbiomes
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Areas of expertise
coral reef microbiology, bacterial-animal symbiosis, host associated microbiome, population genomics