About the Authors

Roda Al-Thani

Affiliation Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Mohammad A. A. Al-Najjar

mohammad.alnajjar@kaust.edu.sa

Affiliation Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

Abdul Munem Al-Raei

Affiliation Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

Tim Ferdelman

Affiliation Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

Nguyen M. Thang

Affiliation Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

Ismail Al Shaikh

Affiliation Environmental Studies Center, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Mehsin Al-Ansi

Affiliation Environmental Studies Center, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Dirk de Beer

Affiliation Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MAN DDB TF RAT. Performed the experiments: MAN AAR IAS MAA NMT. Analyzed the data: MAN IAS AAR NMT. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DDB TF RAT MAA. Wrote the paper: MAN. Revised the manuscript: MAN AAR IAS MAA NMT RAT DDB TF.