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

The Institute for Genomic Research, 9712 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, USA.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Impact Factor: 3.95). 03/2006; 72(2):1680-3. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.72.2.1680-1683.2006
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ABSTRACT Although microbes associated with shallow-water corals have been reported, deepwater coral microbes are poorly characterized. A cultivation-independent analysis of Alaskan seamount octocoral 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.

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