Bacterial Communities on Macroalgae
Microorganisms play an important role in the biology of macroalgae. A number of important functions, ranging from growth enhancement, production of toxins and other secondary metabolites, regulation of morphology, and settlement of invertebrate larvae and spores to pathogenicity, have been ascribed to microorganisms, mostly based on cultivation approaches. Yet, the composition, structuring, and dynamics of microorganisms present on the algal host have been scarcely studied so far using cultivation-independent molecular methods. This chapter focuses on recent insights into the composition of the bacterial microbiota associated with macroalgae gained by gene sequence-based analysis.
KeywordsMicrobial Community Coral Reef Clone Library Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Lateral Gene Transfer
I would like to thank Kai Bischof for the possibility to gain insights into the field of algae–microbe communities and helpful suggestions on algal taxonomy. Manuscript preparation was supported by the University of Bremen.
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