Journal article

Symbiodinium Genotypic and Environmental Controls on Lipids in Reef Building Corals

Timothy F Cooper, Michael Lai, Karin E Ulstrup, Sandra M Saunders, Gavin R Flematti, Ben Radford, Madeleine JH van Oppen

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Lipids in reef building corals can be divided into two classes; non-polar storage lipids, e.g. wax esters and triglycerides, and polar structural lipids, e.g. phospholipids and cholesterol. Differences among algal endosymbiont types are known to have important influences on processes including growth and the photobiology of scleractinian corals yet very little is known about the role of symbiont types on lipid energy reserves. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The ratio of storage lipid and structural lipid fractions of Scott Reef corals were determined by thin layer chromatography. The lipid fraction ratio varied with depth and depended on symbiont type harboured by two corals (Se..

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