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Research Journal of Science and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 10, Issue : 2
First page : ( 157) Last page : ( 164)
Print ISSN : 0975-4393. Online ISSN : 2349-2988.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2988.2018.00023.2

Genomic Studies of Symbiodinium spp. to understand Coral Reef Resilience in India-A review.

Sadhukhan Koushik1,*, Dholakia Dhara1, Bhadalkar Anasuya L2

1Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre, Marine Biotechnology Unit, Dhanvantri Mandir, Jamnagar-361008, Gujarat

2Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

*Corresponding Author E-mail: Sadhukhan.1985@gmail.com

Online published on 7 July, 2018.


In recent years, coral reefs and coral health are severely damaged due to the effect of global climate change. Coral bleaching is one of the most important threats to corals. Corals can cope with natural and anthropogenic stressors either through resistance mechanism by coral host or through sustainable relationship with Symbiodinium clades or types, but many corals cannot. The knowledge on the genetic diversity and specific gene expressions of coral symbionts in the genus Symbiodinium spp is important to understand how coral reefs will respond to global climate change. This review summarised the earlier attempt to find out the genetic variation in coral hosts with their environmental stress, genomic composition of Symbiodinium types and candidate genes to study coral reef resilience.



Coral bleaching, Symbiodinium spp, Genetic diversity, Gene Expression Biomarkers (GEBs), Reef resilience.


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