Journal article

Physiological diversity among sympatric, conspecific endosymbionts of coral (Cladocopium C1(acro)) from the Great Barrier Reef

VH Beltran, E Puill-Stephan, E Howells, A Flores-Moya, M Doblin, E Nunez-Lara, V Escamilla, T Lopez, MJH van Oppen

Coral Reefs | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Most of the scleractinian corals living in the photic zone form an obligate symbiosis with dinoflagellates in the family Symbiodiniaceae that promotes reef accretion and niche diversification. However, sea surface temperature surpassing the normal summer average disrupts the symbioses, resulting in coral bleaching and mortality. Under climate warming, temperature anomalies and associated coral bleaching events will increase in frequency and severity. Therefore, it is imperative to better understand the variability in key phenotypic traits of the coral-Symbiodiniaceae association under such high temperature stress. Here, we describe the extent of genetically fixed differences in the in vitro ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by grants to the Symbiont Culture Facility (SCF) at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). We thank AIMS personnel for the assistance during collection of specimens and in general for providing access/training using diverse infrastructure/equipment during this research. We are also very grateful to the LaJeunesse Lab at Pennsylvania State University for sharing important information related to this communication.