Thomas, Torsten


Publications
5

Phylogeny resolved, metabolism revealed: functional radiation within a widespread and divergent clade of sponge symbionts

Citation
Taylor et al. (2021). The ISME Journal 15 (2)
Names
“Tethybacterales” “Tethybacteraceae” “Tethybacter” “Tethybacter castellensis” “Persebacteraceae”
Abstract
Abstract The symbiosis between bacteria and sponges has arguably the longest evolutionary history for any extant metazoan lineage, yet little is known about bacterial evolution or adaptation in this process. An example of often dominant and widespread bacterial symbionts of sponges is a clade of uncultured and uncharacterised Proteobacteria. Here we set out to characterise this group using metagenomics, in-depth phylogenetic analyses, metatranscriptomics, and fluorescence in situ

Comparative Genomics Reveals Ecological and Evolutionary Insights into Sponge-Associated Thaumarchaeota

Citation
Zhang et al. (2019). mSystems 4 (4)
Names
“Cenoporarchaeum” “Cenoporarchaeum stylissae”
Abstract
Sponges represent ecologically important models to understand the evolution of symbiotic interactions of metazoans with microbial symbionts. Thaumarchaeota are commonly found in sponges, but their potential adaptations to a host-associated lifestyle are largely unknown. Here, we present three novel sponge-associated thaumarchaeal species and compare their genomic and predicted functional features with those of closely related free-living counterparts. We foun