Potential costs of acclimatization to a warmer climate: growth of a reef coral with heat tolerant vs. sensitive symbiont types.

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Alison Jones ; Ray Berkelmans
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 5, issue 5 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC2862701, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010437
  • Subject: Research Article | Marine and Aquatic Sciences/Climate Change | Medicine | Q | Marine and Aquatic Sciences | R | Science | Marine and Aquatic Sciences/Conservation Science | Marine and Aquatic Sciences/Ecology
    mesheuropmc: sense organs | biochemical phenomena, metabolism, and nutrition | fungi | natural sciences | geographic locations

One of the principle ways in which reef building corals are likely to cope with a warmer climate is by changing to more thermally tolerant endosymbiotic algae (zooxanthellae) genotypes. It is highly likely that hosting a more heat-tolerant algal genotype will be accompa... View more
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