How do microbiota associated with an invasive seaweed vary across scales?

Academic Article


  • Communities are shaped by scale dependent processes. To study the diversity and variation of microbial communities across scales, the invasive and widespread seaweed Agarophyton vermiculophyllum presents a unique opportunity. We characterized pro- and eukaryotic communities associated with this holobiont across its known distribution range, which stretches over the northern hemisphere. Our data reveal that community composition and diversity in the holobiont vary at local but also larger geographic scales. While processes acting at the local scale (i.e., within population) are the main structuring drivers of associated microbial communities, changes in community composition also depend on processes acting at larger geographic scales. Interestingly, the largest analysed scale (i.e., native and non-native ranges) explained variation in the prevalence of predicted functional groups, which could suggest a functional shift in microbiota occurred over the course of the invasion process. While high variability in microbiota at the local scale supports A.┬ávermiculophyllum to be a generalist host, we also identified a number of core taxa. These geographically independent holobiont members imply that cointroduction of specific microbiota may have additionally promoted the invasion process.
  • Published In

  • Molecular Ecology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Bonthond G; Bayer T; Krueger-Hadfield SA; Barboza FR; Nakaoka M; Valero M; Wang G; K├╝nzel S; Weinberger F
  • Start Page

  • 2094
  • End Page

  • 2108
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 11