[Coral-List] ICRS2021 Abstract Submission 10F: The role of non-genetic mechanism in adaptation

Manuel ARANDA manuel.aranda at kaust.edu.sa
Wed Oct 7 07:46:06 UTC 2020

Manuel ARANDA <manuel.aranda at kaust.edu.sa>
Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 10:21 AM
to coral-list

Dear fellow coral-listers,

the abstract submission for ICRS2021 in Bremen is still open and I’d like
to take the opportunity to advertise our ICRS session chaired by Misha
Matz, Hollie Putnam, and I.

The title of the session is “What role do non-genetic mechanisms play in
adaptation of reef inhabitants to climate change?” and we welcome
submissions on any coral reef organism.

The session will be hosted under theme 10 “Organismal physiology,
adaptation and acclimation”

*Theme 10F The role of non-genetic mechanism in adaptation*

The alarming decline of coral reef health worldwide has raised concerns
that the rate of global change might outpace the capacity of reef organisms
to evolve in response to these threats. In addition to genetic adaptation,
which is based on natural selection operating on populations, all organisms
are capable of acclimating to environmental change to some extent using
environment-driven phenotypic modifications, or “plasticity”, happening at
the individual level. These “epigenetic” mechanisms include various
molecular processes such as DNA methylation, histone modifications, and
small non-coding RNAs. These mechanisms can dynamically alter gene
expression to better suit different environmental conditions and, at least
in theory, could have lasting effects extending beyond the lifetime of a
single individual and contribute to the population-level adaptive response
in the long term. The study of epigenetic mechanisms as a means for reef
organisms to adapt to a changing environment is becoming increasingly
important for our understanding of coral reef resilience in the context of
global climate change. This session will serve as a platform for scientists
working on epigenetics in reef organisms to present and discuss their
findings and to introduce this emerging field of study to a broader

Best wishes,



*Manuel Aranda Lastra                                            *
Associate Professor
Coral Symbiomics Lab
Red Sea Research Center
Building 2, 2216, 4700 KAUST
Thuwal 23955-6900, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mobile: +966 544700661
*https://coralsymbiomics.kaust.edu.sa* <https://coralsymbiomics.kaust.edu.sa/>


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