Historical Temperature Variability Affects Coral Response to Heat Stress

  title={Historical Temperature Variability Affects Coral Response to Heat Stress},
  author={Jessica Carilli and Simon D Donner and Aaron C Hartmann},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Coral bleaching is the breakdown of symbiosis between coral animal hosts and their dinoflagellate algae symbionts in response to environmental stress. On large spatial scales, heat stress is the most common factor causing bleaching, which is predicted to increase in frequency and severity as the climate warms. There is evidence that the temperature threshold at which bleaching occurs varies with local environmental conditions and background climate conditions. We investigated the influence of… CONTINUE READING
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