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Coral bleaching: the role of the host

Baird, Andrew; Bhagooli, Ranjeet; Ralph, Peter J; Takahashi, Shunichi

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Coral bleaching caused by global warming is one of the major threats to coral reefs. Very recently, research has focused on the possibility of corals switching symbionts as a means of adjusting to accelerating increases in sea surface temperature. Although symbionts are clearly of fundamental importance, many aspects of coral bleaching cannot be readily explained by differences in symbionts among coral species. Here we outline several potential mechanisms by which the host might influence the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/59942
Source: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2008.09.005

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