Exploring the undiscovered microbial diversity on marine surfaces

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Prokaryotic micoorganisms compromise a large portion of the organic biomass of the world’s ocean and play an important role in essential biogeochemical cycles and food webs in this ecosystem (Cho & Azam 1990; Fuhrmann & Sleeter, 1980). In particular surface colonisation by microorganisms is ubiquitous in marine systems with a large proportion of microbes occurring as complex communities. Often the negative impacts of microorganisms on humanity occur at surfaces- be it the surfaces of seafood (fish, oysters etc.) or fouling of ships’ hulls (Holmström & Kjelleberg, 2000; Lappin-Scott & Costeron, 1989; Lewis, 1994; Marshall, 1994). However despite their importance comparatively little is known about the phylogenetic composition of these complex, microbial population and the functional roles of their members.

Figure 1. The green alga Ulva sp. is believed to harbour “antifoulant” producing bacteria on its surface that protect it from colonisation of other organism.

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Peer reviewed publications (Keep references to H6)
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Bennett S, Wernberg T, Bijo AJ, de Bettignies T, Campbell AH (2015) Central and rear edge populations can be equally vulnerable to warming. Nature Communications, 6:10280
Xiao X, de Bettignies T, Olsen Y, Agusti S, Duarte C, Wernberg, T (2015) Sensitivity and acclimation of three canopy-forming seaweeds to UVB radiation and warming. PLoS One, 10(12): e0143031.
Bennett S, Wernberg T, Harvey ES, Santana-Garcon J, Saunders B (2015) Tropical herbivores provide resilience to a climate mediated phase-shift on temperate reefs. Ecology Letters, 18: 714-723.
Wernberg T, Bennett S, Babcock RC, de Bettignies T, Cure K, Depczynski M, Dufois F, Fromont J, Fulton CJ, Hovey RK, Harvey ES, Holmes, Kendrick GA, Radford B, Santana-Garcon J, Saunders BJ, Smale DA, Thomsen MS, Tuckett CA, Tuya F, Vanderklift MA, Wilson SK (2016) Climate driven regime shift of a temperate marine ecosystem. Science, 353: 169-172.
Wernberg T, de Bettignies T, Bijo AJ, Finnegan PM (2016) Physiological responses of habitat-forming seaweeds to increasing temperatures. Limnology & Oceanography, 61(6): 2180-2190.
Zarco-Perello S, Wernberg T, Langlois T, Vanderklift MA (2017) Tropicalization strengthens consumer pressure on habitat-forming seaweeds. Scientific Reports, 7: 820.
Tuckett CA, de Bettignies T, Fromont J, Wernberg T (2017) Expansion of corals on temperate reefs: direct and indirect effects of marine heatwaves. Coral Reefs, in press, doi: 10.1007/s00338-017-1586-5.
Other publications and media
Wernberg T, Smale DA (2015) Marine heatwaves threaten underwater forests. The Conversation 6/2/15. Web: https://theconversation.com/marine-heatwaves-threaten-the-future-of-underwater-forests-37154
Wernberg T, Hobday A, Johnson C, Poloczanska E, Bennett S, Connell S (2015) Australia’s ‘other reef’ is worth more than $10 billion per year – have you heard of it? The Conversation 17/8/15. Web: https://theconversation.com/australias-other-reef-is-worth-more-than-10-billion-a-year-but-have-you-heard-of-it-45600
Vergés A, Wernberg T (2015) Climate change: underwater forest decline – loss of kelp forest places commercial fisheries at risk. HOT TOPICS in Ecology, Ecological Society of Australia, 8/10/15. Web: http://www.ecolsoc.org.au/hot-topics/climate-change-underwater-forest-decline
Bennett S, Wernberg T, Andrews S (2016). Introducing Australia’s Great Southern Reef. YouTube video 16/1/16. Web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clWCpejKrEc
Wernberg T, Bennett S, Andrews S (2016) The demise of kelp forests in Western Australia. YouTube video 7/7/16. Web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEfpDLAUpBs
Bennett S, Santana-Garcon J, Wernberg T (2016) A marine heatwave has wiped out a swathe of WA’s undersea kelp forest. The Conversation 8/7/16. Web: https://theconversation.com/a-marine-heatwave-has-wiped-out-a-swathe-of-was-undersea-kelp-forest-62042