[Coral-List] Porite genome 2

Andy Bruckner Andy.Bruckner at noaa.gov
Mon Sep 15 16:16:15 EDT 2003

Hi folks,

I would like to add my 2 cents to this issue. Not sure if it is too late, but
I would side with Mikhail.  It seems to me that (if it is a Caribbean species)
one of the  Caribbean Montastraea annularis complex species would be our first
choice, given that this is the most important coral today on Caribbean reefs
and it is affected by multiple diseases.  My second choice would be Acropora
palmata for the same reasons.


Mikhail Matz wrote:

> Dear Craig and all,
> The Porites candidate came as a surprize to me. My
> support would be for Montastraea (since my own
> molecular work is on M.cavernosa, and by the way, I
> never encountered the technical difficulties that
> Craig refers to), or Acropora. These two seem to me
> much more advanced in molecular terms than Porites.
> I do believe that having a coral genome sequenced
> would greatly benefit all of us and science in
> general, however, it is critical to select a proper
> species. I would be very glad to hear opinion of the
> list on this matter.
> In fact, I heard rumors of a couple other projects
> started that would lead to coral genomic studies, but
> nothing definite. Would be great to know for sure what
> is going on (or going to be going on) in this area!
> cheers
> Mike Matz
> Whitney lab, University of Florida
> http://www.whitney.ufl.edu/research_programs/matz.htm
> Note: forwarded message attached.
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