Journal article

Inter-polyp genetic and physiological characterisation of Symbiodinium in an Acropora valida colony

KE Ulstrup, MJH van Oppen, M Kuehl, PJ Ralph

Marine Biology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2007

Abstract

Corals harbouring genetically mixed communities of endosymbiotic algae (Symbiodinium) often show distribution patterns in accordance with differences in light climate across an individual colony. However, the physiology of these genetically characterised communities is not well understood. Single stranded conformation polymorphism (SSCP) and real time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) analyses were used to examine the genetic diversity of the Symbiodinium community in hospite across an individual colony of Acropora valida at the spatial scale of single polyps. The physiological characteristics of the polyps were examined prior to sampling with a combined O microelectrode with a ..

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