Introducing the Mangrove Microbiome Initiative: Identifying Microbial Research Priorities and Approaches To Better Understand, Protect, and Rehabilitate Mangrove Ecosystems

Academic Article


  • Mangrove ecosystems provide important ecological benefits and ecosystem services, including carbon storage and coastline stabilization, but they also suffer great anthropogenic pressures. Microorganisms associated with mangrove sediments and the rhizosphere play key roles in this ecosystem and make essential contributions to its productivity and carbon budget. Understanding this nexus and moving from descriptive studies of microbial taxonomy to hypothesis-driven field and lab studies will facilitate a mechanistic understanding of mangrove ecosystem interaction webs and open opportunities for microorganism-mediated approaches to mangrove protection and rehabilitation.
  • Authors

  • Allard, Sarah M
  • Costa, Matthew T
  • Bulseco, Ashley
  • Helfer, Véronique
  • Wilkins, Laetitia GE
  • Hassenrück, Christiane
  • Zengler, Karsten
  • Zimmer, Martin
  • Erazo, Natalia
  • Mazza Rodrigues, Jorge L
  • Duke, Norman
  • Melo, Vânia MM
  • Vanwonterghem, Inka
  • Junca, Howard
  • Makonde, Huxley M
  • Jiménez, Diego Javier
  • Tavares, Tallita CL
  • Fusi, Marco
  • Daffonchio, Daniele
  • Duarte, Carlos M
  • Peixoto, Raquel S
  • Rosado, Alexandre S
  • Gilbert, Jack A
  • Bowman, Jeff
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 27, 2020
  • Published In

  • mSystems  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)


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