Publicado por: pongpesca | 2019/05/14

Better understanding of coral-algae relationship could help prevent bleaching

“To better protect coral reefs, scientists suggest an improved understanding of the coral-algae relationship is necessary.
During coral bleaching events, environmental stress triggers a breakup of the symbiotic relationship between coral and algae.
In a new study published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, scientists argue most of the research into coral bleaching have focused exclusively on coral. The study’s authors call for an increased focus on the algae that house themselves inside coral skeletons.
“Little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying their symbiotic relationship — how can we understand the break-up if we don’t understand the relationship in the first place?” Cheong Xin Chan, a researcher at the University of Queensland and its Institute for Molecular Bioscience, said in a news release.”

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Fonte: UPI, 13 de maio de 2019

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