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Title: Bacterial biofilm colonization and succession in tropical marine waters are similar across different types of stone materials used in seawall construction
Authors: Summers, Stephen
Pek, Y. Shona
Vinod, Deepthi P.
McDougald, Diane
Todd, Peter A.
Birch, William R.
Rice, Scott A.
Keywords: Science::Biological sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Summers, S., Pek, Y. S., Vinod, D. P., McDougald, D., Todd, P. A., Birch, W. R. & Rice, S. A. (2022). Bacterial biofilm colonization and succession in tropical marine waters are similar across different types of stone materials used in seawall construction. Frontiers in Microbiology, 13, 928877-.
Project: MSRDP-P05 
Journal: Frontiers in Microbiology 
Abstract: Seawalls are important in protecting coastlines from currents, erosion, sea-level rise, and flooding. They are, however, associated with reduced biodiversity, due to their steep orientation, lack of microhabitats, and the materials used in their construction. Hence, there is considerable interest in modifying seawalls to enhance the settlement and diversity of marine organisms, as microbial biofilms play a critical role facilitating algal and invertebrate colonization. We assessed how different stone materials, ranging from aluminosilicates to limestone and concrete, affect biofilm formation. Metagenomic assessment of marine microbial communities indicated no significant impact of material on microbial diversity, irrespective of the diverse surface chemistry and topography. Based on KEGG pathway analysis, surface properties appeared to influence the community composition and function during the initial stages of biofilm development, but this effect disappeared by Day 31. We conclude that marine biofilms converged over time to a generic marine biofilm, rather than the underlying stone substrata type playing a significant role in driving community composition.
ISSN: 1664-302X
DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2022.928877
Rights: © 2022 Summers, Pek, Vinod, McDougald, Todd, Birch and Rice. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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