Journal article

Interspecific gamete compatibility and hybrid larval fitness in reef-building corals: Implications for coral reef restoration

Wing Yan Chan, Lesa M Peplow, Madeleine JH van Oppen

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

Climate warming is a major cause of the global decline of coral reefs. Active reef restoration, although still in its infancy, is one of several possible ways to help restore coral cover and reef ecosystem function. The deployment of mature coral larvae onto depauperate reef substratum has been shown to significantly increase larval recruitment, providing a novel option for the delivery of ex situ bred coral stock to the reef for restoration purposes. The success of such reef restoration approaches may be improved by the use of coral larval stock augmented for climate resilience. Here we explore whether coral climate resilience can be enhanced via interspecific hybridization through hybrid v..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). We thank the SeaSim staff at AIMS for their technical support and P. Menendez for developing and sharing the statistical analysis code of the GLMM applied in this study. We are also grateful to B. Lenz, J. Davidson, K. Hughes, I. Huizingh and K. Damjanovic for help with coral spawning and experimental setup, and M. Shanahan for seawater alkalinity measurements. W. Y. Chan acknowledges receipt of the University of Melbourne International Research Scholarship and Fee Remission Scholarship.