J.D. Brüwer, S. Agrawal, Y.J. Liew, M. Aranda and C.R. Voolstra
BMC Microbiology, 17:174, (2017)
RNA-Seq, Transcriptomics, Virus Symbiodinium, Coral reef, Heat shock, Climate change
Stony corals provide the structural foundation of coral reef ecosystems and are termed holobionts given they engage in symbioses, in particular with photosynthetic dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium. Besides Symbiodinium, corals also engage with bacteria affecting metabolism, immunity, and resilience of the coral holobiont, but the role of associated viruses is largely unknown. In this regard, the increase of studies using RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) to assess gene expression provides an opportunity to elucidate viral signatures encompassed within the data via careful delineation of sequence reads and their source of origin.