Temperature adaptation in the coral holobiont

Corals form intimate symbiotic relationships with photosynthetic microalgae called Symbiodinium. Here we are investigating the molecular drivers of thermal tolerance of the Symbiodinium symbiont. Increased sea surface temperature can trigger the loss of Symbiofinium resulting in coral bleaching. Some Symbiodinium types are more resistant to high temperature and determining the molecular mechanisms will shed light on the response of the coral animal to climate change. For more information contact Prof. Peter Steinberg or Dr Diane McDougald.

Symbiodinium 1 crop