[Coral-List] 12 ICRS call for abstracts-coral-microbe interactions and disease

Greta Smith Aeby greta at hawaii.edu
Fri Jul 1 17:34:57 EDT 2011

Dear colleagues,
 We would like to invite researchers interested in coral disease to submit an abstract to the mini-symposium “Coral-microbe interactions and disease” (Session 16B) at the 2012 International Coral Reef Symposium, which will take place in Cairns, Australia in July 2012 (http://www.icrs2012.com).  This mini-symposium listed under  "Microbes and viruses”, focuses on understanding disease processes from the molecular to the ecological level.  The abstract is below.  Closing date for submission of abstracts is October 1, 2011.  Please submit your abstracts through the ICRS website.
We hope to see you all there!
Convenors:  Greta Aeby (greta at hawaii.edu), Yui Sato (yui.sato1 at my.jcu.edu.au), Laurie Raymundo (ljraymundo at gmail.com), Bette Willis (bette.willis at jcu.edu.au), Drew Harvell (cdh5 at cornell.edu), David Bourne (d.bourne at aims.gov.au), Tracy Ainsworth (tracy.ainsworth at jcu.edu.au)
Mini Symposium:  Coral-microbe interactions and disease
     Coral reefs worldwide are in decline and disease has emerged as a serious threat contributing to that decline.  There has been a sharp increase in the past decade in the number of diseases reported, species affected and frequency of disease outbreaks.  Evidence points to these increases as being both a consequence of degrading water quality and a cause of accelerated loss of live coral. The emergence and persistence of disease depends on a complex interplay between host, agent and environment. The study of marine diseases is a relatively new science and we still have limited understanding of ecological and microbial mechanisms that lead to diseases, yet options for disease management are urgently needed.  This mini-symposium is organized to provide an update for advances in marine disease research and management. We encourage submission of abstracts presenting research that aids in our understanding of disease processes, from the level of molecular biology to that of reef community ecology. Some of the questions currently under investigation worldwide include: What are the mechanisms underlying these drastic increases?  Which environmental factors have the greatest influence in host-pathogen interactions?  What etiologic agents are emerging from coral disease studies?  What microbial mechanisms are driving the pathogenesis of known and novel coral diseases? What role do coral-microbe interactions play in coral defense and disease? What are potential targets for reef management and conservation efforts against marine diseases?


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