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It is increasingly recognized that animals live in a bacterial world, and that a vast range of animal–bacterial interactions underpin the biology of a healthy host. This growing body of evidence is fundamentally altering our understanding of animal biology (McFall-Ngai et al. 2013).

In a study that was recently published on Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, we add to this knowledge by showing that the activity of a particular group of microbes (capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen) is important for sustaining primary productivity in tropical corals.

To have a look at the original article click here!

You can also read the press release by the University of Bremen by clicking here!

Why some bacteria are good: the example of corals

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