the viable counts of bacteria from coral mucus from a variety of corals showed a large increase in number compared to the surrounding seawater viable counts; in addition, molecular microbial ecology allowed the development of tools to address a central dogma of microbial ecology: an inability to cultivate more than a small portion of the bacteria that can be visualized by direct count procedures;
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