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Temperature and Symbiodinium physiology affect the establishment and development of symbiosis in corals

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Australian Res Council
dc.contributor Macquarie University
dc.contributor James Cook University
dc.contributor Dept Biol Sci
dc.contributor Univ Melbourne
dc.contributor University Of Melbourne
dc.contributor Macquarie Univ
dc.contributor Ctr Excellence Coral Reef Studies
dc.contributor James Cook Univ
dc.contributor Sch Biosci
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci BAIRD, ANDREW H. CUMBO, VIVIAN R. VAN OPPEN, MADELEINE J. H. 2018-04-01T18:46:50Z 2018-04-01T18:46:50Z 2019-05-09T01:24:30Z 2018-04-01T18:46:50Z 2018-04-01T18:46:50Z 2019-05-09T01:24:30Z 2018-01-25
dc.identifier.citation Cumbo VR, van Oppen MJH, Baird AH (2018) Temperature and Symbiodinium physiology affect the establishment and development of symbiosis in corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 587: 117-127
dc.identifier.issn 0171-8630
dc.description.abstract Symbiotic associations are ubiquitous in nature. In fact, all eukaryotic species harbour microbial symbionts that are essential for their health. Often overlooked, symbiosis is an important factor when predicting how organisms might respond to climate change. Some associations are so tight-knit that rapid changes in the environment can lead to extinction of one or both partners. Alternatively, the ability to switch to more stress-tolerant partners can allow for rapid adjustment to environmental change, such as increases in host range size. Here, we outline a mechanism by which symbiotic species that acquire their symbionts anew each generation might adapt to global warming via transgenerational, environmentally mediated changes in host-symbiont partnerships. At temperatures approximating climate change conditions at the end of the century, the larvae of 2 common scleractinian corals established symbiosis with a novel and more thermo-tolerant symbiont. Conversely, the establishment of symbiosis with heat-sensitive symbionts was greatly reduced. Transgenerational change in symbionts is a mechanism by which organisms that engage in flexible mutualistic relationships can rapidly adjust to a changing climate.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by AIMS@JCU, the 21st Century Center of Excellence Program of the University of the Ryukyus, the Endeavour Foundation and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Programme.
dc.language English
dc.subject Great-barrier-reef
dc.subject Ecology
dc.subject Specificity
dc.subject Larval Ecology
dc.subject Acropora Monticulosa
dc.subject Acclimatisation
dc.subject Climate-change
dc.subject Environmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subject Patterns
dc.subject Symbiosis
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Acropora Corals
dc.subject Indo-pacific
dc.subject Zooxanthellae
dc.subject Climate Change
dc.subject Oceanography
dc.subject Scleractinian Corals
dc.subject Algal Symbiosis
dc.subject Coral Reefs
dc.subject Symbiodinium
dc.subject Acropora Millepora
dc.subject Genus Symbiodinium
dc.title Temperature and Symbiodinium physiology affect the establishment and development of symbiosis in corals
dc.type journal article
dc.identifier.doi 10.3354/meps12441
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000426256700010

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