Dance of the microbes: Bacteria living near coral reefs change in synchrony across distances

It might be called the dance of the microbes. It happens every day — and night. Bacteria in waters above dozens of coral reefs change dramatically during the night, scientists have discovered, then return to the same daytime community they lived in the morning before. As if these communities are all on the same schedule, the changes are synchronized in reefs separated by hundreds of miles, the researchers report in the current issue of Nature Communications. In coral reef ecosystems, m…

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Dance of the microbes: Bacteria living near coral reefs change in synchrony across distances