The effects of different strains of zooxanthellae on the secondary-metabolite chemistry and development of the soft-coral host Lobophytum compactum

Michalek-Wagner, K., Bourne, D.J., and Bowden, B.F. (2001) The effects of different strains of zooxanthellae on the secondary-metabolite chemistry and development of the soft-coral host Lobophytum compactum. Marine Biology, 138 (4). pp. 753-760.

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Abstract

We have assessed the secondary-metabolite chemistry of freshly metamorphosed coral polyps, with and without zooxanthellae, using extremely sensitive electro-spray and Fourier-transform mass spectrometry. Coral larvae of the soft coral Lobophytum compactum of the same genetic background were reared, then inoculated with zooxanthellar strains of different taxonomic and geographic origin, and their terpenoid chemistry analysed. The identification of isolobophytolide in individuals of all treatment groups, including aposymbiotic control polyps, demonstrates that control of terpene production lies with the host coral and not their symbiotic algae.

Item ID: 13318
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1432-1793
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 07:20
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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