The whole-genome sequence of the coral Acropora millepora

Ying, Hua, Hayward, David C., Cooke, Ira, Wang, Weiwen, Moya, Aurelie, Siemering, Kirby R., Sprungala, Susanne, Ball, Eldon E., Foret, Sylvain, and Miller, David J. (2019) The whole-genome sequence of the coral Acropora millepora. Genome Biology and Evolution, 11 (5). pp. 1374-1379.

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Abstract

[Excerpt] Reef-building corals are iconic animals that are in global decline as a consequence of increasing anthropogenic pressure, but the development of strategies to ensure their conservation is constrained by our limited understanding of the molecular bases of many aspects of coral biology. Some coral genera are particularly sensitive to stress and, among these, Acropora is of particular significance because this is the dominant genus of reef-building corals in the Indo-Pacific. These factors have led to members of this genus often being the subjects of investigation into coral responses to various physical and biological stressors. Fittingly, the first coral genome to be sequenced was Acropora digitifera; the availability of this whole-genome sequence (Shinzato et al. 2011) allowed substantial progress in several areas of coral biology, including the molecular underpinnings of symbiosis and calcification (Hamada et al. 2013; Ramos-Silva et al. 2013). Here we report the whole-genome sequence of a second Acropora species, A. millepora, which has been the most extensively studied Acropora species at the molecular level (reviewed in Miller et al. 2011) by virtue of its wide distribution (Carpenter et al. 2008; Madin et al. 2016) and the ease with which it can be identified in what is a highly speciose genus.

Item ID: 60078
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1759-6653
Keywords: Acropora millepora, Acropora digitifera, genome, WGS
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2018.
Funders: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Centre for Molecular Genetics of Development and Discovery (CMGDD), National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy
Projects and Grants: CMGDD: Grants DP0209460, DP0344483 & DP1095343
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 07:33
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060407 Genome Structure and Regulation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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