[Coral-List] ICRS mini-symposium

Christine Ferrier ferrier at centrescientifique.mc
Wed Jun 22 09:24:36 EDT 2011

Dear colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the mini-symposium "Coral physiology and energetics" at the 2012 International Coral Reef Symposium, which will take place in Cairns in July 2012 (http://www.icrs2012.com). This mini-symposium focuses on symbiotic and asymbiotic tropical, temperate and cold water corals. The abstract is below.

We very much look forward to your contribution and to eventually seeing you in Cairns! If you have any questions with respect to this mini-symposium, please do not hesitate to contact any of us,

 With best regards, the convenors:

Christine Ferrier-Pagès: ferrier at centrescientifique.mc

Andrea Grottoli: grottoli.1 at osu.edu

Stephen Levas: levas.1 at osu.edu

Mini-symposium abstract: Symbiotic corals are usually considered to be photoautotrophs due to their symbiosis with dinoflagellates that transfer photosynthetically fixed carbon to their host. However, heterotrophy is also important and can play a central role in maintaining physiological functions when autotrophy is reduced. This session aims to understand the following questions: 1- How is phototrophically and heterotrophically acquired energy allocated and utilized for reproduction, symbiont , host tissue, and skeletal growth? 2- How does such acquisition, allocation, and utilization vary among species? And 3- How do the effects of environmental change (i.e., elevated temperature and/or ocean acidification and/or nitrification) on coral host and algal physiology further complicate matters? This mini-symposium proposes to address the above questions in tropical, temperate, and cold-water anthozoans in their natural habitat or under stressful conditions.


IMPORTANT: Please send your submission through the ICRS website, and not directly to us.  

Christine Ferrier-Pages

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