Itzchak Brickner

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The larvae of most coral species spend some time in the plankton, floating just below the surface and hence exposed to high levels of ultraviolet radiation (UVR). The high levels of UVR are potentially stressful and damaging to DNA and other cellular components, such as proteins, reducing survivorship. Consequently, mechanisms to either shade (prevent) or(More)
The current state of health of the coral reefs in the northern Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea), notably the Eilat reefs, is under debate regarding both their exact condition and the causes of degradation. A dearth of earlier data and unequivocal reliable indices are the major problems hinder a clear understanding of the reef state. Our research objective was to(More)
Tissue growth w~thout the d e p o s ~ t ~ o n of calcium carbonate skeletons was recorded in 2 Red Sea hermatyp~c cnldarians dunng competitive interactions Tissue contacts between allogeneic colonles of the hydrocoral Millepola dichotorna resulted in unilateral overgrowth In 39% of the assays the overgrowing tissue d ~ d not secrete a skeleton for up to 10(More)
Here we describe for the first time the reproductive biology of the scleractinian coral Turbinaria reniformis studied during three years at the coral reefs of Eilat and Aqaba. We also investigated the possibility of sex change in individually tagged colonies followed over a period of 12 years. T. reniformis was found to be a stable gonochorist (no detected(More)
Clonal integration in the coral Lobophyllia corymbosa was studied from two perspectives: transfer of carbon among clonemates and allorecognition. This coral forms colonies in the early post-metamorphic stages. In later ontogeny, the tissues interconnecting polyps die, transforming the colony into a clone of solitary polyps. These polyps continue to live in(More)
Host specificity of symbionts is considered an important factor associated with sympatric speciation. Here, we examine host specificity and the degree of host-associated speciation in the barnacle Savignium milleporum, an obligate symbiont of the hydrocoral Millepora (the "fire coral"). Little morphological variability was revealed between barnacles(More)
Coral morphological variability reflects either genetic differences or environmentally induced phenotypic plasticity. We present two coral species that sense gravity and accordingly alter their morphology, as characterized by their slenderness (height to diameter) ratio (SR). We experimentally altered the direction (and intensity) of the gravitational(More)
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