Steinert et al. 2017

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Host-specific assembly of sponge-associated prokaryotes at high taxonomic ranks

Steinert G, Rohde S, Janussen D, Blaurock C, Schupp PJ

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Sponges (Porifera) are abundant and diverse members of benthic filter feeding communities in most marine ecosystems, from the deep sea to tropical reefs. A characteristic feature is the associated dense and diverse prokaryotic community present within the sponge mesohyl. Previous molecular genetic studies revealed the importance of host identity for the community composition of the sponge-associated microbiota. However, little is known whether sponge host-specific prokaryotic community patterns observed at 97% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity are consistent at high taxonomic ranks (from genus to phylum level). In the present study, we investigated the prokaryotic community structure and variation of 24 sponge specimens (seven taxa) and three seawater samples from Sweden. Results show that the resemblance of prokaryotic communities at different taxonomic ranks is consistent with patterns present at 97% operational taxonomic unit level.

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Meta-data (pending validation)
Depth range
25- 158 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
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Molecular ecology

Research focus
Bacteria and Archaea Porifera (Sponges)

Research platforms
Diving (unspecified) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Snorkeling
Author profiles
Georg Steinert ( 2 pubs)