Harvesting light

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An improved understanding is required in order for management and conservation efforts of coral reefs is to be effective. This can be achieved by understanding the relationship between the coral animal and the zooxanthellae, which is an algae that lives inside the host animal like corals. Zooxanthellae use light in many ways, like for the production of carbohydrates which is then re-emitted as fluorescence. However, the success with which different coral-zooxanthellae partnerships deal with thermal and light stress can be seen in coral bleaching. Coral bleaching is a sign of environmental stress upon the coral. Yet, recent studies show that not all corals bleach in stressful conditions. Hypothesis has it that stressed corals may acquire resilient zooxanthellae types from the surrounding water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-19
Number of pages2
JournalPlanet Earth
Issue numberWINTER
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

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