[Coral-List] MANACO International network - Coral reefs conservation

Stéphane Joost stephane.joost at epfl.ch
Tue Apr 27 20:19:57 UTC 2021

Dear Coral-List,

I send this message to briefly present MANACO, an international network 
of coral reef actors bringing together local communities, volunteers and 
stakeholders with scientists to improve the conservation of coral reefs. 
The focus is to create solidarity and to build a bridge between 
indigenous/local knowledge and scientific innovation. For the moment, 
the network is mainly active in the South West Pacific region, with a 
connection to the Red Sea, and members in Australia and Japan.

More details on the MANACO network can be found here:

The research carried out until now mainly focuses on seascape genomics 
and on how the evolutionary potential of adaptation to heat stress can 
be used in conservation planning.

Our initial study was applied to Acropora digitifera in the Ryukyu 
Archipelago (Japan):

Around New Caledonia, we observed that coral cover surveys corroborate 
predictions on reef adaptive potential to thermal stress:

In the same geographic area, we identified molecular markers associated 
with heat stress in Acropora millepora, Pocillopora damicornis and 
Pocillopora acuta, and we characterized the functional roles of the 
genes located in these genomic regions:

We will inform the list of the continuation of the activities of the 
MANACO network.

Website: http://manaco.ird.nc/

Thank you for your interest,
Best regards,


Dr Stéphane JOOST
Laboratory of Geographic Information Systems
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

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