Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans

Main report: Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans
(Penn State News)
Other Reporting: Phys.org
Scientific Paper: Phycologia   
New Taxa: Symbiodinium glynnii
Categories: New Species
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Researchers at Penn State University have identified a new species of stress-tolerant Symbiodinium, a genus of algae that occurs mutualistically with corals in a partnership that promotes the health and growth of coral reef ecosystems. The team’s paper also describes the geographical distribution of S glynnii, how it differs from other stress-tolerant symbiont species, and its capacity to spread to places around the Pacific and live with different coral hosts.

Healthy unbleached (brown) Pocillopora corals from the Eastern Pacific possess a thermally tolerant symbiont species of algae (Symbiodinium glynnii), while unhealthy or dead bleached (white) corals possess a more sensitive symbiont.

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