Corals are complex organisms that need their microbial partners to lead a sedentary lifestyle they are accustomed to on the ocean floor. These microbes provide them nutrients, assist in metabolism and guard them against invasion by lurking invaders in the neighbourhood. Ocean warming, acidity and pollution are known to disrupt the harmonious relationship between the corals and their microbiome. This provides a perfect opportunity for microbial pathogens to attack the corals resulting in the destruction of the colourful reef. Microbial relief is on the way. Treatment with probiotics can re-establish the microbes corals require to thrive and create a wonderful marine vista we depend on. Like humans, corals need their fill of probiotics.
Bon voyage into the microbial world.