Chloroflexi dominate the deep-sea Golf Ball Sponges Craniella zetlandica and Craniella infrequens throughout different life stages

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REFERENCE Busch, Kathrin; Wurz, Erik; Rapp, Hans Tore; Bayer, Kristina; Franke, Andre; Hentschel, Ute (2020). Frontiers in Marine Science https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00674. ABSTRACT Deep-sea sponge grounds are underexplored ecosystems that provide numerous goods and services to the functioning of the deep-sea. This … Read More

Microbial strategies for survival in the glass sponge Vazella pourtalesii

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REFERENCE Bayer, Kristina; Busch, Kathrin; Kenchington, Ellen; Beazley, Lindsay; Franzenburg, Sören; Michels, Jan; Hentschel, Ute; Slaby, Beate M (2020). mSystems https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00473-20. ABSTRACT Few studies have explored the microbiomes of glass sponges (Hexactinellida). The present study seeks to elucidate the composition … Read More

Fueled by methane: deep-sea sponges from asphalt seeps gain their nutrition from methane-oxidizing symbionts

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REFERENCE Rubin-Blum, Maxim; Antony, Chakkiath Paul; Sayavedra, Lizbeth; Martínez-Pérez, Clara; Birgel, Daniel; Peckmann, Jörn; Wu, Yu-Chen; Cardenas, Paco; Mac Donald, Ian; Macron, Yann; Sahling, Heiko; Hentschel, Ute; Dubilier, Nicole (2019). The ISME Journal. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0346-7. ABSTRACT Sponges host a remarkable diversity … Read More

The sponge holobiont in a changing ocean: from microbes to ecosystems

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REFERENCE Pita, Lucía; Rix, Laura; Slaby, Beate; Franke, A; Hentschel, Ute. (2018). Microbiome. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40168-018-0428-1 ABSTRACT The recognition that all macroorganisms live in symbiotic association with microbial communities has opened up a new field in biology. Animals, plants, and algae are … Read More