[Coral-List] Submit an Abstract to ICRS2020 session on reef microbial function / probiotics

Claudia Pogoreutz claudia.pogoreutz at kaust.edu.sa
Sun Jun 30 14:38:38 UTC 2019

Dear colleagues,

Anny Cardenas, Raquel Peixoto, Till Roethig and I will be chairing a
session on microbial functional traits and marine probiotics at the
ICRS2020 in Bremen:

Theme 4: Microbial ecology, holobionts and model organisms

Session 2: ‘Beyond diversity: what can we learn from exploring microbial
function in coral reef holobionts?’

We welcome abstract submission, which opens tomorrow, 1 July 2019. Feel
free to contact us for further information or questions.

Session abstract:


Although reef-building corals and other reef organisms are increasingly
recognized as holobionts, we have limited understanding of how associated
microorganisms interact with their eukaryotic hosts, with each other, and
with their environment. Mounting evidence suggests that host-associated
microorganisms other than Symbiodiniaeae may be central to both resilience
and degradation of coral reefs. Hence, to obtain a better understanding of
key coral reef holobionts, it will be paramount to integrate functional
approaches to reef microbiology. Specifically, several issues are of
interest: 1) the identification and quantification of microbial metabolic
traits in key reef holobionts, 2) mechanistic approaches to resolve
microbial metabolic contribution to holobiont functioning, and 3)
operationalizing microbiome manipulations, i.e. employ microorganisms
and/or microbial consortia to enhance benefitial holobiont traits (‘marine
probiotics’). Addressing these issues will be critical for an integrated
understanding of the reef ecosystem, and may offer new venues for
innovative management approaches. We invite oral and poster contributions
using interdisciplinary approaches aiming at either functionality that
explains the mechanistic underpinnings of holobiont-microbiome associations
or their modification to boost holobiont resilience. Such approaches may
include established ecophysiological techniques, combining next-generation
“omics” and high-resolution imaging techniques, or microbiome manipulations
and marine probiotics and their potential application in conservation and
restoration. The goal of this session is to communicate most recent
advances, challenges, and perspectives in exploring symbioses on coral
reefs, and to provide a forum for collaboration and exchange.

Looking forward to seeing you in Bremen next year!

Anny Cardenas, Raquel Peixoto, Till Roethig, and Claudia Pogoreutz

Dr. Claudia Pogoreutz
Postdoctoral Fellow
Coral Reef Genomics Lab
Red Sea Research Center

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4700 Thuwal 23955-6900
Saudi Arabia


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