Coral reefs and climate change - Mitigating the ecological collapse
Coral reefs are at the brink of ecological collapse. The primary driver of reef degradation is coral bleaching, the breakdown of the symbiosis of the coral host and its endosymbiotic algae driven by ocean warming. This is now happening almost annually at a global scale, hastening the need to develop strategies that mitigate the devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs. The seminar will outline our efforts to develop a standardized framework to assess thermal tolerance to identify ecological drivers, metaorganism member species, and molecular mechanisms that contribute to increased stress resilience. A particular emphasis is to identify microbes that denote stress tolerance, which can then be screened for using high throughput approaches to better understand their function, prevalence, and the feasibility for microbiome manipulation.
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