Journal article

Predicting the spatial distribution of allele frequencies for a gene associated with tolerance to eutrophication and high temperature in the reef-building coral, Acropora millepora, on the Great Barrier Reef

Young K Jin, Stuart Kininmonth, Petra B Lundgren, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Bette L Willis

Coral Reefs | SPRINGER | Published : 2020


In the face of unprecedented rates of environmental alterations, the necessity to predict the capacity of corals to respond adaptively in a complex ecological system is becoming increasingly urgent. Recent findings that bleaching-resistant Acropora millepora coral populations have high frequencies of specific alleles provide an opportunity to use spatial mapping of alleles to identify resistant populations. In this study, a Bayesian belief network (BBN) model was developed to predict the spatial distribution of allele frequencies for a specific locus associated with bleaching resistance in response to acute eutrophication during the summertime in A. millepora in the Palm Islands (Great Barri..

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