Resistance to thermal stress in corals without changes in symbiont composition

Bellantuono, Anthony J., Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove and Rodriguez-Lanetty, Mauricio (2012) Resistance to thermal stress in corals without changes in symbiont composition. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences, 279 1731: 1100-1107. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.1780

Author Bellantuono, Anthony J.
Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove
Rodriguez-Lanetty, Mauricio
Title Resistance to thermal stress in corals without changes in symbiont composition
Journal name Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-8452
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2011.1780
Volume 279
Issue 1731
Start page 1100
End page 1107
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Discovering how corals can adjust their thermal sensitivity in the context of global climate change is important in understanding the long-term persistence of coral reefs. In this study, we showed that short-term preconditioning to higher temperatures, 3°C below the experimentally determined bleaching threshold, for a period of 10 days provides thermal tolerance for the symbiosis stability between the scleractinian coral, Acropora millepora and Symbiodinium. Based on genotypic analysis, our results indicate that the acclimatization of this coral species to thermal stress does not come down to simple changes in Symbiodinium and/or the bacterial communities that associate with reef-building corals. This suggests that the physiological plasticity of the host and/or symbiotic components appears to play an important role in responding to ocean warming. The further study of host and symbiont physiology, both of Symbiodinium and prokaryotes, is of paramount importance in the context of global climate change, as mechanisms for rapid holobiont acclimatization will become increasingly important to the long-standing persistence of coral reefs.
Keyword Coral bleaching
Thermal stress
Global change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes First published online 5 October 2011

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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