[Coral-List] coral genome

shashank Keshavmurthy iamshanky15 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 17 10:52:14 EDT 2003

Dear listers,
I have been following the discussion of the coral
genome as to which coral has to be sequenced and
why porites lobata may not be a better
Well... as a student...and a coral biology
researcher, I am happy for the sequencing idea,
whatever may be the coral species.....

As to why I would like to support this particular
sequencing is I will be interested in continuing
my studies on Pink-Line Syndrome that we have
been observing in Kavaratti Atoll, Lakshadweep
Islands, India, in Porites lutea every year
(cousin of Porites lobata?)....
Though a cynobacteria species associated with
this syndrome has been isolated, still we believe
that this is some kind of a immune response of
this species.....as for as the syndrome is
concerned, it is found only when the coral is in
intense stress (high temperature, algal dominated
areas)....once coral is out of stress, the pink
line disappears.....
We have found high amount of proteins in the
effected corals.....
We also believe the increased presence of HSPs
during this phase......
Hence, I am fully supporting this sequencing...

I also beleive that it is the slow growing corals
that we have to sequence first....as they have
lot of secrets embedded in them!!!!......

Cheers for those involved in this project!!!

"the role of infinitely small in nature is infinitely large"-Louis Pasteur                

Keshavmurthy Shashank
Kochi University, Faculty of Agriculture
Lab. of AQUa. Environ. Sci. (LAQUES)
Otsu 200, Monobe, Nankoku-shi
783-8502, Kochi, Japan
alt. id: shashank at cc.kochi-u.ac.jp
phone: 81 090 8285 9012

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