From molecules to moonbeams: spawning synchrony in coral reef organisms

Guest, J.R., Baird, A.H., Clifton, K.E., and Heyward, A.J. (2008) From molecules to moonbeams: spawning synchrony in coral reef organisms. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 51 (3). pp. 145-149.

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A mini-symposium at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium highlighted significant advances towards understanding the factors controlling reproductive timing and spawning synchrony in coral reef organisms. Studies of the phenology of reef organisms are finally moving beyond the purely descriptive and researchers are starting to explore the molecular mechanisms underpinning spawning synchrony. An increasing geographical focus of research, in particular much novel work from the centre of coral reef diversity, is enabling rigorous examination of latitudinal gradients of spawning synchrony and the role of environmental factors such as sea temperature and insolation in regulating spawning timing.

Item ID: 18186
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 0792-4259
Keywords: coral reefs, evolution, reproduction, spawning synchrony
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2012 01:41
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 > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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