Nutrient availability and metabolism Affect the stability of coral–Symbiodiniaceae symbioses

Morris, Luke A., Voolstra, Christian R., Quigley, Kate M., Bourne, David G., and Bay, Line K. (2019) Nutrient availability and metabolism Affect the stability of coral–Symbiodiniaceae symbioses. Trends in Microbiology, 27 (8). pp. 678-689.

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Coral reefs rely upon the highly optimized coral–Symbiodiniaceae symbiosis, making them sensitive to environmental change and susceptible to anthropogenic stress. Coral bleaching is predominantly attributed to photo-oxidative stress, yet nutrient availability and metabolism underpin the stability of symbioses. Recent studies link symbiont proliferation under nutrient enrichment to bleaching; however, the interactions between nutrients and symbiotic stability are nuanced. Here, we demonstrate how bleaching is regulated by the forms and ratios of available nutrients and their impacts on autotrophic carbon metabolism, rather than algal symbiont growth. By extension, historical nutrient conditions mediate host–symbiont compatibility and bleaching tolerance over proximate and evolutionary timescales. Renewed investigations into the coral nutrient metabolism will be required to truly elucidate the cellular mechanisms leading to coral bleaching.

Item ID: 58869
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-4380
Keywords: coral bleaching, symbiosis, nutrient availability, Symbiodiniaceae, ocean warming, nutrient metabolism
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Copyright Information: © 2019 The Authors. Open access under a Creative Commons (CC-by-NC-ND 4.0) license.
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 1 of the following PhD thesis: Morris, Luke Aaron (2021) The role of nutrients in coral bleaching. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Funders: National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub, Australian Institute of Marine Science
Projects and Grants: NESP TWQ Project 3.3.1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2019 05:02
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310303 Ecological physiology @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310703 Microbial ecology @ 50%
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