Journal article

Reproduction of the Azooxanthellate Coral Caryophyllia inornata Is Not Affected by Temperature Along an 850 km Gradient on the Western Italian Coast

Chiara Marchini, Giada Tortorelli, Elena Guidi, Valentina Airi, Giuseppe Falini, Zvy Dubinsky, Stefano Goffredo

FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2020

Abstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted that ocean surface temperature will rise of 0.6–2.0°C by 2100. Ocean warming is expected to produce strong impacts on marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, affecting their physiological events including reproductive processes. To date, relatively few studies have examined the effects of climate change on the reproductive success of temperate corals and even less in the azooxanthellate ones. This study examined the reproductive output of the azooxanthellate Mediterranean coral Caryophyllia inornata along a wide latitudinal gradient of seawater temperature and solar radiation. A total of 260 samples, collected from five population..

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Grants

Awarded by European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant


Funding Acknowledgements

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 249930 - CoralWarm: Corals and Global Warming: the Mediterranean versus the Red Sea. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.