[Coral-List] Mini-Symposium: Functional Biology of Corals and Coral Symbiosis at ICRS 2008

Alexander Venn alexandervenn at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 17 11:28:39 EDT 2007

  Dear List,
    We would like to bring your attention to the following mini-symposium being held at the forthcoming 11th ICRS in Fort Lauderdale, July 7th-11th 2008:
    “Len Muscatine memorial mini-symposium on the functional biology of corals and coral symbiosis: Molecular biology, cell biology and physiology”
    Key topics of interest include:
  a) What is the cellular basis of host-symbiont recognition and specificity in corals? 
 b) What are the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying host-symbiont signalling and regulation in corals? 
 c) What are the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underlying key aspects of coral biology, including photo-acclimation and photo-protection, host-symbiont nutrition, and calcification? 
 d) How diverse are the molecular, cellular and physiological processes underlying coral/algal symbiosis?
    Abstract submissions are welcome on all functional aspects of corals and cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis. In addition to the topics above, this includes submissions on cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbioses from temperate regions and symbioses involving cnidarian hosts other than corals. Submissions on other invertebrate-algal symbioses will also be considered where they provide a useful comparison with cnidarian-dinoflagellate associations.
    The mini-symposium is being held in honour of the late Professor Len Muscatine, whose work pioneered understanding of the functional biology of cnidarian-algal symbioses, and we aim for the mini-symposium to reflect Professor Muscatine’s interests and legacy.
    Details of registration and abstract submission are available at http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15th November 2007.
    Co-chairs Simon Davy (Victoria University of Wellington), Virginia Weis (Oregon  State University) and Alex Venn (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
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