34 Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata: An Archaea Riddle?
Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata are the two main species building cold-water coral reefs. Habitats within cold-water coral reefs ecosystems such as the water column, sediments, coral rubble, sponges and other corals host a diverse archaeal community. However, L. pertusa and M. oculata host, if at all, a different archaeal community. The question arises why (some) Archaea are excluded from the holobiont and whether this is potentially contributing to the success of L. pertusa and M. oculata as cold-water coral reef builders.
KeywordsBacteria Archaea Corals Diversity Holobiont
We thank the captain and the crew of the RV Pelagia for their support. This research has been supported by the Dutch NWO/ALW project BIOSYS (no. 835.30.024 and 814.01.005) and the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) which received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (PP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 211384.
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