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A marine chemical defense partnership

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Science  14 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6445, pp. 1034-1035
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax8964

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A multitude of biotic and abiotic factors influence marine ecosystem function. On page 1056 of this issue, Zan et al. (1) report the molecular basis of a tripartite marine symbiosis in which bacterial production of a chemical defense molecule contributes to coral reef community structure. This example serves as an important reminder of the vital “invisible” contributions of microbes to coral reef ecology. Ultimately, microbial determinants of ecosystem structure may impact biodiversity with implications for coral reef stability in the face of environmental perturbations (2).

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