[Coral-List] can we inhance the coral growth at genetic level???
reefball at reefball.com
Sat Jun 10 13:48:48 EDT 2006
Speeding up the growth rates of corals is probably not a very good idea. In
general, the faster a coral grows, the more vunerable it is to injury
stress, and disease. (This is of course a general statement and I am sure
there are notable exceptions). Faster growing corals also tend to be less
dense and more vunerable to storms such as hurricanes.
Anyway, my point is that if you are going to manipulate anything at the
genetic level, it should be to help species adapt better to the changes
being force upon them by man such as heat stress, pollution stress,
sedimentation stress, etc. or to promote better disease resistance.
There may be fairly easy ways to do these just has humans have breed plants
and animals for thousands of years. One approach is to select corals that
have survived these stresses or diseases and propagate them...perhaps
replanting over original ranges where a species was lost or threatened.
Todd R. Barber
Chairman, Reef Ball Foundation
3305 Edwards Court,
Greenville, NC 27858
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----- Original Message -----
From: "shailendrapratap sonkar" <shailen78_aqua at rediffmail.com>
To: <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2006 1:57 AM
Subject: [Coral-List] can we inhance the coral growth at genetic level???
Dear coral listener,
I am shailendra patap sonkar, MS in Marine Biotechnology, currently working
as Research Fellow and pursuing my research work on "Molecular diversity in
Indian scleractinian coral population from Lakshdweep islands, India" using
ITS and mt-SSU r RNA gene from National Institute of oceanography, India.
Dear all, I have one question to know from you that how we can enhance the
growth speed of all coral at genetic level. I have read that the growth of
coral is very very slow so can we try to do some modification at genetic
level to enhance the growth speed of these cnidarians?? Hope I will get some
I am currently looking for some lab, which can provide me training on
interpretation and analysis molecular data to study of population genetic
structure for a short period. It can be great help to me. I have no problem
to share my publication that respective lab or person.
Looking forward for concern positive reply.
SHAILENDRA PRATAP SONKAR
(Senior Research Fellow)
Biological Oceanography Division,
National Institute of Oceanography,
Goa - 403 004
(Home) : 0547-2225595
alternate Email address: shailendraps at yahoo.com
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