Response of Sponge Microbiomes to Environmental Variations

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Sponges (phylum Porifera), sessile invertebrates, are the oldest multicellular animals that play an important role in evolutionary study. Thanks to their efficient filter-feeding capabilities, sponges have important ecological and biotechnological functions in nutrient cycles within marine ecosystems. Sponges permanently host remarkable microbial taxa with high diversity and complex structure. The associated microbes have been proved to highly contribute to the host growth and metabolitesm production, chemical defence, and susceptibility to biotic and abiotic stressors. This chapter will provide offer a systematic review on the variations of sponge microbiomes in relation to environmental stressors, including physical, chemical, and biological factors;, as well as on how the changesd in microbial composition causes the host sponge to suffer diseases and the consequent variations of the associated microbial community during a disease outbreak.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymbiotic Microbiomes of Coral Reefs Sponges and Corals
EditorsZhiyong Li
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages67
ISBN (Electronic)9789402416121
ISBN (Print)9789402416107
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Sponge microbiomes
  • Physical factors
  • Chemical factors
  • Biological factors
  • Microbe-related diseases


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