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EVENT: CMCA Seminar Series: 'Coral reefs go viral'. Speaker: Dr Karen Weynberg

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Viruses are the most abundant biological agents in the global oceans, with numbers typically averaging ten billion per litre. The ability of viruses to infect all organisms indicates they most likely play a central role in marine ecosystems. Corals form an obligate symbiotic relationship with the dinoflagellate genus Symbiodinium, upon which the coral relies heavily for nutrition and calcification. Disruption of this symbiosis can lead to loss of the symbiotic algae from their host and if the symbiosis cannot re-establish, death of the coral colony. Viruses that target the algal symbiont have been reported and we examined whether Symbiodinium in culture is host to virus(es) that switches to a lytic infection under stress, such as UV exposure or elevated temperature. Analysis using techniques including flow cytometry and TEM, revealed prevalent viral activity. This talk will present recent results and potential for future development of probes for rapid detection of viruses in field samples to help monitor and assess the role of viruses in coral and reef health.
Speaker(s) Dr Karen Weynberg, Super Science Fellow, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville
Location CMCA Seminar Room 1.80, Physics Building
Contact CMCA Admin <[email protected]> : 6488 8064
Start Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:30
End Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:00
Submitted by CMCA Admin <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:40
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