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Nils Rädecker wins best student presentation award at ECRS 2017

Nils Rädecker wins best student presentation award at ECRS 2017

Nils Rädecker wins best student presentation award at ECRS 2017

Nils Radecker, a Ph.D. student in the RSRC's Reef Genomics Lab, won a best student presentation award at the European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS) 2017. Radecker's talk entitled "Understanding coral bleaching in the light of holobiont nutrient cycling" was focused on his work to decipher the underlying mechanisms of coral bleaching, or the breakdown of the symbiosis between corals and endosymbiotic algae due to ocean warming. Read more >>> Read more

Coral lifestyles reflected in their genes

Coral lifestyles reflected in their genes

Coral lifestyles reflected in their genes

The first comparative genome study between two corals reveals significant evolutionary differences. These findings could help scientists understand the resilience of corals and how they might respond to climate change. Reef-building corals diverged into two genetically distinct groups, called the robust clade and the complex clade, at least 240 million years ago. Until now, the only complex coral genome available has been for the complex coral Acropora digitifera. An international team, led by Christian Voolstra and Manuel Aranda from KAUST, sequenced the genome of the robust coral Stylophora pistillata and then compared it with the existing Acropora genome. Read more >>> Read more

Trawl of Red Sea surface waters finds little plastic

Trawl of Red Sea surface waters finds little plastic

Trawl of Red Sea surface waters finds little plastic

KAUST Professor/Director of the Red Sea Research Center, Carlos Duarte, and his student Cecilia Martin were part of a team that measured the amount of plastic debris in the Red Sea during sea voyages in 2016-2017. They found that the quantity of plastic in the Red Sea was quite low, which they attribute to there being no consistent inflow from a river and to plastics collecting in corals and mangroves. Read more >>> Read more
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