Data for: Transformation of dissolved organic matter by two Indo-Pacific sponges

Tabea Hildebrand, Helena Osterholz, Carina Bunse, Hendrik Grotheer, Thorsten Dittmar & Peter J. Schupp
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is the largest organic carbon reservoir in the ocean and an integral component of biogeochemical cycles. The role of free-living microbes in DOM transformation has been studied thoroughly, whereas little attention has been directed towards the influence of benthic organisms. Sponges are efficient filter feeders and common inhabitants of many benthic communities circumglobally. In our study, we investigated how two tropical coral reef sponges shape marine DOM. We compared bacterial abundance,...
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