[Coral-List] 11th ICRS "Coral microbial interactions" Call for Abstracts

ritchie at mote.org ritchie at mote.org
Sat Sep 29 08:24:43 EDT 2007

Dear Colleagues:

We would like to invite you to participate in Mini-Symposium 8, "Coral
microbial interactions", being held at the 11th ICRS in Fort Lauderdale,
July 7th-11th 2008.

The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium science program will address
scientific questions within the framework of a series of Mini-Symposia
developed to address problems and issues on contemporary coral reefs that
will assist management to sustain future reefs.

The central theme for the 11th ICRS is "REEFS FOR THE FUTURE". The
Symposium goals are to provide a scientific basis for coral reef ecosystem
management by articulating the state of the science with respect to
current and emerging stressors; improve the understanding of reef
condition, function, and productivity; and grow the fields of coral reef
ecosystem science, conservation, and multidisciplinary research by
facilitating the exchange of ideas.

The central topics of Mini-Symposium 8 are as follows:

1)  What is the role of coral-associated microbial communities in
maintaining coral health? How do these communities change in response to
environmental factors?

2) What mutualistic or symbiotic relationships exist between the
coral/zooxanthellae and associated microorganisms? What benefit do these
microbes provide?

3) Do microbes associated with corals interact with each other and the
coral host? How do these interactions affect coral health?

4) Are there signals/nutritional cues secreted by the coral that
promote/recruit colonization by certain microbial species? What is the
functional architecture of microbes on the coral surface?

We welcome abstract submissions on these topics as well as all aspects of
"Coral microbial interactions".

When submitting your abstracts, please use the session code: Mini-Symposium
8. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 November 2007.

For abstract submission, registration, and other information, please visit:


Mini-Symposium 8

"Coral microbial interactions"


Kimberly Ritchie

Ariel Kushmaro

Jessica Ward

If you know of anyone who might be interested who might not receive this
notice, please feel free to pass it along.  We look forward to your
participation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

 Kimberly B. Ritchie, Ph.D.
 Staff Scientist and Manager
 Marine Microbiology Program
 Center for Coral Reef Research
 Mote Marine Laboratory
 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
 Sarasota, FL 34236

 Phone:  (941) 388-4441 x353
 fax:    (941) 388-4312


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