Sponge-microbial interactions: Ecological implications and bioprospecting avenues

Joseph, Selvin and Ninawe, A S and Seghal Kiran, G and Lipton, A P (2010) Sponge-microbial interactions: Ecological implications and bioprospecting avenues. Critical Reviews in Microbiology, 36 (1). pp. 82-90.

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Abstract

Sponges are closely associated with microorganisms that occur either intracellularly and extracellularly. Sponges are soft-bodied sessile organisms appear to be defenseless in facing predation. Microbial symbionts supposed to have a functional role in the host defense against pathogens, predation and microfouling processes. Recently, the ubiquitous defense enzyme, phospholipase A2 (PLA2) detected in the sponge associated bacterium envisaged the possible functional role in the ecological succession of host sponge against predatory / fouling pressure in the habitat. In present review, we highlighted the possible functional interactions between associated microbes and host sponges and its potentials in bioprospecting approaches.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Marine-sponge; sponge-bacteria; microbial-association; sponge-microbial interactions; bioprospecting; chemical ecology
Subjects:Marine Ecosystems > Sponges
Divisions:Contributors
CMFRI-Vizhinjam
ID Code:7969
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:16 Mar 2011 16:00
Last Modified:23 Jul 2014 10:05

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