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Is coral bleaching due to the instability of the zooxanthellae dark reactions

Leggat, W; Whitney, Spencer; Yellowlees, David


Coral reefs are dominated by symbioses between marine invertebrates (e.g. corals, clams, sea anemones, sponges) and the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium. Increases in seawater temperature linked to global warming have lead to the phenomenon known as "bleaching", involving the disassociation of these symbioses and mass mortalities of the invertebrate host. Mass bleaching events have been linked to a thermal lesion in the photosynthesis of Symbiodinium, either at photosystem II or in the dark...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Symbiosis


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