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Coral bleaching independent of photosynthetic activity

Tolleter, Dimitri; Seneca, Francois O.; DeNofrio, Jan C.; Krediet, Cory J.; Palumbi, Stephen R.; Pringle, John R; Grossman, Arthur Robert

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The global decline of reef-building corals is due in part to the loss of algal symbionts, or "bleaching," during the increasingly frequent periods of high seawater temperatures [1, 2]. During bleaching, endosymbiotic dinoflagellate algae (Symbiodinium spp.) either are lost from the animal tissue or lose their photosynthetic pigments, resulting in host mortality if the Symbiodinium populations fail to recover [3]. The >1,000 studies of the causes of heat-induced bleaching have focused...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/64901
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.07.041

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