Bacterial assemblages in deep Lophelia coral

DSN friend and colleague Dr. Christina Kellogg published a new paper this month characterizing the bacterial assemblages of deep Lophelia pertusa coral in the Gulf of Mexico.

Two Lophelia-specific bacterial groups were identified: a cluster of gammaproteobacteria related to sulfide-oxidizing gill symbionts of seep clams and a group of Mycoplasma spp. The presence of these groups in both Gulf and Norwegian Lophelia corals indicates that in spite of the geographic heterogeneity observed in Lophelia-associated bacterial communities, there are Lophelia-specific microbes.

You can read much much more at the new CoralMicrobes blog. This looks like a great resource for microbiologists and coral fans. I look forward to reading. Stop on by and say hello.


Kellogg, C., Lisle, J., & Galkiewicz, J. (2009). Culture-Independent Characterization of Bacterial Communities Associated with the Cold-Water Coral Lophelia pertusa in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75 (8), 2294-2303 DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02357-08

Peter Etnoyer (397 Posts)

PhD candidate at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and doctoral fellow Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.

2 Replies to “Bacterial assemblages in deep Lophelia coral”

  1. Thanks for mentioning! It is much appreciated. We are just getting going – I think that it’ll be evolving over time. I’ve always enjoyed your site – and I always come here and learn something, which is quite a fun thing!

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