Symbiotic dinoflagellate functional diversity mediates coral survival under ecological crisis

Suggett, David J., Warner, Mark E., and Leggat, William (2017) Symbiotic dinoflagellate functional diversity mediates coral survival under ecological crisis. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32 (10). pp. 735-745.

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Abstract

Coral reefs have entered an era of 'ecological crisis' as climate change drives catastrophic reef loss worldwide. Coral growth and stress susceptibility are regulated by their endosymbiotic dinoflagellates (genus Symbiodinium). The phylogenetic diversity of Symbiodinium frequently corresponds to patterns of coral health and survival, but knowledge of functional diversity is ultimately necessary to reconcile broader ecological success over space and time. We explore here functional traits underpinning the complex biology of Symbiodinium that spans free-living algae to coral endosymbionts. In doing so we propose a mechanistic framework integrating the primary traits of resource acquisition and utilisation as a means to explain Symbiodinium functional diversity and to resolve the role of Symbiodinium in driving the stability of coral reefs under an uncertain future.

Item ID: 51001
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), US National Science Foundation (NSF)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Project DP160100271, ARC Centre of Excellence CE0561435, NSF IOS-1258065, NSF OCE-1635695
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 07:33
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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