Coral Symbiodinium Community Composition Across the Belize Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is Influenced by Host Species and Thermal Variability

@article{Baumann2017CoralSC,
  title={Coral Symbiodinium Community Composition Across the Belize Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is Influenced by Host Species and Thermal Variability},
  author={Justin H Baumann and Sarah W. Davies and Hannah E. Aichelman and Karl D. Castillo},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  year={2017},
  volume={75},
  pages={903-915}
}
Reef-building corals maintain a symbiotic relationship with dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium, and this symbiosis is vital for the survival of the coral holobiont. Symbiodinium community composition within the coral host has been shown to influence a coral’s ability to resist and recover from stress. A multitude of stressors including ocean warming, ocean acidification, and eutrophication have been linked to global scale decline in coral health and cover in recent decades. Three… CONTINUE READING

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