ENGINEERING MICROBIAL SYMBIONTS THAT INCREASE CORAL CLIMATE RESILIENCE
Grant number: FL180100036 | Funding period: 2019 - 2023
This project aims to develop microbes which are able to enhance the climate resilience of corals. Coral reefs around the world are being lost at an alarming rate. Developing microbial symbionts to enhance coral climate resilience will give Australian and other coral reef ecosystems an increased chance of surviving the impact of climate change. The project will also enhance understanding of the functional roles of microbial symbionts of corals, and advance the microbial symbiosis discipline globally. Expected outcomes include healthier coral reefs through the use of more climate resilient coral stock in reef conservation and restoration initiatives.
Related publications (25)
Coral adaptation to climate change: Meta-analysis reveals high heritability across multiple traits
Kevin R Bairos-Novak, Mia O Hoogenboom, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Sean R Connolly
Anthropogenic climate change is a rapidly intensifying selection pressure on biodiversity across the globe and, particularly, on t..
Cell Wall Proteomic Analysis of the Cnidarian Photosymbionts Breviolum minutum and Cladocopium goreaui.
Giada Tortorelli, Clinton A Oakley, Simon K Davy, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Geoffrey I McFadden
The algal cell wall is an important cellular component that functions in defense, nutrient utilization, signaling, adhesion, and c..
Cell surface carbohydrates of symbiotic dinoflagellates and their role in the establishment of cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis
Giada Tortorelli, Carsten Rautengarten, Antony Bacic, Gabriela Segal, Berit Ebert, Simon K Davy, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Geoffrey McFadden
Symbiodiniaceae algae are often photosymbionts of reef-building corals. The establishment of their symbiosis resembles a microbial..
Development of a free radical scavenging bacterial consortium to mitigate oxidative stress in cnidarians
Ashley M Dungan, Dieter Bulach, Heyu Lin, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Linda L Blackall
Corals are colonized by symbiotic microorganisms that profoundly influence the animal's health. One noted symbiont is a single-cel..
Adaptive responses of free-living and symbiotic microalgae to simulated future ocean conditions
Wing Yan Chan, John G Oakeshott, Patrick Buerger, Owain R Edwards, Madeleine JH van Oppen
Marine microalgae are a diverse group of microscopic eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms capable of photosynthesis. They are impo..
Intracellular bacteria are common and taxonomically diverse in cultured and in hospite algal endosymbionts of coral reefs
Justin Maire, Sam K Girvan, Sophie E Barkla, Alexis Perez-Gonzalez, David J Suggett, Linda L Blackall, Madeleine JH van Oppen
Corals house a variety of microorganisms which they depend on for their survival, including endosymbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiod..
Genome-wide SNP analysis reveals an increase in adaptive genetic variation through selective breeding of coral
Kate M Quigley, Line K Bay, Madeleine JH van Oppen
Marine heat waves are increasing in magnitude, duration, and frequency as a result of climate change and are the principal global ..
Assessment of bacterial community composition within and among Acropora loripes colonies in the wild and in captivity
Katarina Damjanovic, Linda L Blackall, Lesa M Peplow, Madeleine JH van Oppen
A growing number of studies have provided insights into the diversity of coral-associated bacteria and their function in the coral..
Gene regulation underpinning increased thermal tolerance in a laboratory-evolved coral photosymbiont
Leela J Chakravarti, Patrick Buerger, Rachel A Levin, Madeleine JH van Oppen
Small increases in ocean temperature can disrupt the obligate symbiosis between corals and dinoflagellate microalgae, resulting in..
Heat-evolved microalgal symbionts increase coral bleaching tolerance
P Buerger, C Alvarez-Roa, CW Coppin, SL Pearce, LJ Chakravarti, JG Oakeshott, R Edwards, MJH van Oppen
Coral reefs worldwide are suffering mass mortalities from marine heat waves. With the aim of enhancing coral bleaching tolerance, ..
Microbiota characterization of Exaiptasia diaphana from the Great Barrier Reef.
Leon Michael Hartman, Madeleine Josephine Henriette van Oppen, Linda Louise Blackall
BACKGROUND: Coral reefs have sustained damage of increasing scale and frequency due to climate change, thereby intensifying the ne..
Exaiptasia diaphana from the great barrier reef: a valuable resource for coral symbiosis research
Ashley M Dungan, Leon M Hartman, Giada Tortorelli, Roy Belderok, Annika M Lamb, Lynn Pisan, Geoffrey I McFadden, Linda L Blackall, Madeleine JH van Oppen
The sea anemone, Exaiptasia diaphana, previously known as Exaiptasia pallida or Aiptasia pallida, has become increasingly popular ..
Symbiodiniaceae-bacteria interactions: rethinking metabolite exchange in reef-building corals as multi-partner metabolic networks
Jennifer L Matthews, Jean-Baptiste Raina, Tim Kahlke, Justin R Seymour, Madeleine JH van Oppen, David J Suggett
The intimate relationship between scleractinian corals and their associated microorganisms is fundamental to healthy coral reef ec..
Host Genotypic Effect on Algal Symbiosis Establishment in the Coral Model, the Anemone Exaiptasia diaphana, From the Great Barrier Reef
Giada Tortorelli, Roy Belderok, Simon K Davy, Geoffrey McFadden, Madeleine JH van Oppen
The mutualistic symbiosis between cnidarians and photosynthetic dinoflagellates supports one of the most diverse ecosystems on the..
Assessing the role of historical temperature regime and alga symbionts on the heat tolerance of coral juveniles
KM Quigley, CJ Randall, MJH van Oppen, LK Bay
The rate of coral reef degradation from climate change is accelerating and, as a consequence, a number of interventions to increas..
Mixed-mode bacterial transmission in the common brooding coral Pocillopora acuta
Katarina Damjanovic, Patricia Menendez, Linda L Blackall, Madeleine JH van Oppen
Reef-building corals form associations with a huge diversity of microorganisms, which are essential for the survival and well-bein..
Bacterial and algal symbiont dynamics in early recruits exposed to two adult coral species
Katarina Damjanovic, Linda L Blackall, Patricia Menendez, Madeleine JH van Oppen
Corals live in a symbiotic relationship with various microorganisms including bacteria, some of which are essential for host healt..
The roles of age, parentage and environment on bacterial and algal endosymbiont communities in Acropora corals
Wing Yan Chan, Lesa M Peplow, Patricia Menendez, Ary A Hoffmann, Madeleine JH van Oppen
The bacterial and microalgal endosymbiont (Symbiodiniaceae spp.) communities associated with corals have important roles in their ..