Characterization of bacterial communities associated with deep-sea corals on Gulf of Alaska seamounts

Kevin Penn, Dongying Wu, Jonathan A Eisen, Naomi Ward

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Although microbes associated with shallow-water corals have been reported, deepwater coral microbes are poorly characterized. A cultivation-independent analysis of Alaskan seamount oclocoral microflora showed that Proteobacteria (classes Alphaproteobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria), Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, and Acidobacteria dominate and vary in abundance. More sampling is needed to understand the basis and significance of this variation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1680-1683
Number of pages4
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology

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