Symbiotic algae living inside corals provide those animals with their vibrant color, as well as many of the nutrients they need to survive. That algae, and other microbes within the bodies of corals, have been extensively studied — yet until now, researchers have largely ignored the microbial communities just outside of the coral colonies. A new study describes microbes that live just a few centimeters from the surface of corals, laying the groundwork for future studies.
Original Title: Distinct microbes found living next to corals
Full Text of the Original Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190521124542.htm