Sunday, December 24, 2017
Ancient jumping genes may give corals a new lease on life
Jumping genes could make an alga, and its coral host, more tolerant to warming sea temperatures.
A particular gene is shown by KAUST researchers to help the heat
tolerance of an alga that lives symbiotically with coral, which could
potentially help Red Sea corals adapt to some warming.
Image: Symbiodinium microadraticum
is a unicellular alga that provides its coral host with photosynthetic products in return for nutrients and shelter.
© 2017 Jit Ern Chen