Sunday, August 27, 2017

Helping corals to cope with pressure

When faced with high salinity, the tiny plant cells within coral tissue alter their metabolites to better cope with stress.


Tiny plant cells, known as dinoflagellates, that live within coral tissue can help to regulate the osmotic pressure in corals to better cope with a highly saline environment. KAUST researchers suggest this may be one of the secrets of corals from the Red Sea and Persian/Arabian Gulf, which are extremely tolerant of heat in extraordinarily salty waters.

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Image: Bleached corals from Farasan Banks in the Red Sea.
© 2016 Anna Roik

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