Title

The seagrass holobiont: Understanding seagrass-bacteria interactions and their role in seagrass ecosystem functioning

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

FEMS Microbiology Letters

ISSN

1574-6968

Volume

366

Issue

6

First Page

285603

Last Page

285603

PubMed ID

30883643

Publisher

Oxford University Press

School

Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research

Comments

Originally published as: Tarquinio, F., Hyndes, G. A., Laverock, B., Koenders, A., & Säwström, C. (2019). The seagrass holobiont: Understanding seagrass-bacteria interactions and their role in seagrass ecosystem functioning. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 336(6), Article fnz059. Original publication available here

Abstract

This review shows that the presence of seagrass microbial community is critical for the development of seagrasses; from seed germination, through to phytohormone production and enhanced nutrient availability, and defence against pathogens and saprophytes. The tight seagrass-bacterial relationship highlighted in this review supports the existence of a seagrass holobiont and adds to the growing evidence for the importance of marine eukaryotic microorganisms in sustaining vital ecosystems. Incorporating a micro-scale view on seagrass ecosystems substantially expands our understanding of ecosystem functioning and may have significant implications for future seagrass management and mitigation against human disturbance.

DOI

10.1093/femsle/fnz057

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