Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/599283
Title:
Age-related shifts in bacterial diversity in a reef coral
Authors:
Williams, Alex D.; Putchim, Lalita; Brown, Barbara E. ( 0000-0001-5416-3970 ) ; Sweet, Michael J. ( 0000-0003-4983-8333 )
Abstract:
This study investigated the relationship between microbial communities in differently sized colonies of the massive coral Coelastrea aspera at Phuket, Thailand where colony size could be used as a proxy for age. Results indicated significant differences between the bacterial diversity (ANOSIM, R = 0.76, p = 0.001) of differently sized colonies from the same intertidal reef habitat. Juvenile and small colonies (28 cm mean diam). Bacterial diversity increased in a step-wise pattern from juvenilessmallmedium colonies, which was then followed by a slight decrease in the two largest size classes. These changes appear to resemble a successional process which occurs over time, similar to that observed in the ageing human gut. Furthermore, the dominant bacterial ribotypes present in the tissues of medium and large sized colonies of C. aspera, (such as Halomicronema, an Oscillospira and an unidentified cyanobacterium) were also the dominant ribotypes found within the endolithic algal band of the coral skeleton; a result providing some support for the hypothesis that the endolithic algae of corals may directly influence the bacterial community present in coral tissues.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Williams, A, Brown, B, Putchim, L, & Sweet, M 2015, 'Age-Related Shifts in Bacterial Diversity in a Reef Coral', Plos ONE, 12.
Publisher:
Public Library of Science
Journal:
PLOS ONE
Issue Date:
23-Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/599283
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0144902
Additional Links:
http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0144902
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Series/Report no.:
Vol. 10; Issue 2
ISSN:
1932-6203
Sponsors:
Barbara Brown recieved funding from the Leverhulme Trust [www.leverhulme.ac.uk]; Grant number: EM-2013-058. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Appears in Collections:
Department of Natural Sciences

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Alex D.en
dc.contributor.authorPutchim, Lalitaen
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Barbara E.en
dc.contributor.authorSweet, Michael J.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-26T13:38:16Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-26T13:38:16Zen
dc.date.issued2015-12-23en
dc.identifier.citationWilliams, A, Brown, B, Putchim, L, & Sweet, M 2015, 'Age-Related Shifts in Bacterial Diversity in a Reef Coral', Plos ONE, 12.en
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203en
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0144902en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/599283en
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated the relationship between microbial communities in differently sized colonies of the massive coral Coelastrea aspera at Phuket, Thailand where colony size could be used as a proxy for age. Results indicated significant differences between the bacterial diversity (ANOSIM, R = 0.76, p = 0.001) of differently sized colonies from the same intertidal reef habitat. Juvenile and small colonies (28 cm mean diam). Bacterial diversity increased in a step-wise pattern from juvenilessmallmedium colonies, which was then followed by a slight decrease in the two largest size classes. These changes appear to resemble a successional process which occurs over time, similar to that observed in the ageing human gut. Furthermore, the dominant bacterial ribotypes present in the tissues of medium and large sized colonies of C. aspera, (such as Halomicronema, an Oscillospira and an unidentified cyanobacterium) were also the dominant ribotypes found within the endolithic algal band of the coral skeleton; a result providing some support for the hypothesis that the endolithic algae of corals may directly influence the bacterial community present in coral tissues.en
dc.description.sponsorshipBarbara Brown recieved funding from the Leverhulme Trust [www.leverhulme.ac.uk]; Grant number: EM-2013-058. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPublic Library of Scienceen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVol. 10en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIssue 2en
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0144902en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to PLOS ONEen
dc.subjectCoral reefen
dc.subjectMarine biologyen
dc.subjectCoastal ecosystemsen
dc.subjectMicroorganismsen
dc.titleAge-related shifts in bacterial diversity in a reef coralen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalPLOS ONEen
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