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Rhodoliths holobionts in a changing ocean: host-microbes interactions mediate coralline algae resilience under ocean acidification

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Genomics, September 2018
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Rhodoliths holobionts in a changing ocean: host-microbes interactions mediate coralline algae resilience under ocean acidification
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BMC Genomics, September 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12864-018-5064-4
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Giselle S. Cavalcanti, Priya Shukla, Megan Morris, Bárbara Ribeiro, Mariah Foley, Michael P. Doane, Cristiane C. Thompson, Matthew S. Edwards, Elizabeth A. Dinsdale, Fabiano L. Thompson


Life in the ocean will increasingly have to contend with a complex matrix of concurrent shifts in environmental properties that impact their physiology and control their life histories. Rhodoliths are coralline red algae (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) that are photosynthesizers, calcifiers, and ecosystem engineers and therefore represent important targets for ocean acidification (OA) research. Here, we exposed live rhodoliths to near-future OA conditions to investigate responses in their photosynthetic capacity, calcium carbonate production, and associated microbiome using carbon uptake, decalcification assays, and whole genome shotgun sequencing metagenomic analysis, respectively. The results from our live rhodolith assays were compared to similar manipulations on dead rhodolith (calcareous skeleton) biofilms and water column microbial communities, thereby enabling the assessment of host-microbiome interaction under climate-driven environmental perturbations. Under high pCO2 conditions, live rhodoliths exhibited positive physiological responses, i.e. increased photosynthetic activity, and no calcium carbonate biomass loss over time. Further, whereas the microbiome associated with live rhodoliths remained stable and resembled a healthy holobiont, the microbial community associated with the water column changed after exposure to elevated pCO2. Our results suggest that a tightly regulated microbial-host interaction, as evidenced by the stability of the rhodolith microbiome recorded here under OA-like conditions, is important for host resilience to environmental stress. This study extends the scarce comprehension of microbes associated with rhodolith beds and their reaction to increased pCO2, providing a more comprehensive approach to OA studies by assessing the host holobiont.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 21 23%
Student > Master 18 20%
Student > Bachelor 11 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 9%
Other 7 8%
Other 10 11%
Unknown 15 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 27%
Environmental Science 20 22%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 11%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 3 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 3%
Other 12 13%
Unknown 18 20%

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