Associations between microbes and macroalgae: Host, epiphyte and environmental effects
The present work was carried out in order to contribute towards our understanding on alga-bacteria relationships. Different macroalgae in the same habitat may all exert the same important ecological role as primary producers, but in terms of interactions every single species represents a completely different microenvironment occupied by rich and diverse microbial communities. The present study covered potential effects from the host, season and epibiota in regulating the associated microbial communities. It also covered pathogenic relationships and possible specific associations.