Week 7: The "coral" holobiont

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The idea for this week is to think about a coral colony as an integrated biological unit comprised of the coral animal, the algal symbionts, and associated microbes (the "holobiont). This week we are steering away from heavy molecular papers for class discussion, but there is a lot of exciting emerging research using high-throughput sequencing to really understand how to composition of the microbiome changes in space and time and how the microbiome affects emegent properties of the holobiome.

Required Reading

1. Yakob, L. and Mumby PJ. 2011.Climate change induces demographic resistance to disease in novel coral assemblages. PNAS 108:1967-9.

It's a pretty short paper that uses a modeling approach to look at possible interactions between responses to climate change and disease resistance.

(1b.) You should also read this short response to the paper.

Jordan Garza AG, Muller EM, Burman SG, van Woesik R. 2011. Susceptibility of coral-disease models. PNAS 108: E110-111.

2. Ainsworth TD, Vega Thurber R, Gates, RD. 2010. The future of coral reefs: a microbial perspective. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 25: 233-240. This is more of a review and commentary. You might want to read it first.

I've attached one more paper Cramer et al. 2012. It doesn't specifically fit the class theme for this week, but I thought it might be of interest to you. It talks about the intense impacts humans may have had on Caribbean reefs prior to the emergence of diseases. This one is just in case someone is interested. Again...this could be a topic for end-of-semester presentations


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