Navigation Links
Epic ocean voyages of baby corals revealed
Date:8/21/2013

The study, by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Miami, will help predict how coral reef distributions may change in response to changing oceans.

Coral are well known as the colourful plant-like structures which form coral reefs. However, each coral is actually a colony of anemone-like animals, which start out life as tiny, free-floating larvae about the size of a full-stop. Using a computer model, the researchers simulated how these young corals disperse in the world's oceans.

Coral reefs, a vital cultural and economic resource for many of the world's poorest countries, and home to a diverse marine community rivalling that of the tropical rainforests, are under increasing threat from the combined pressures of human activity, natural disturbances and climate change. How corals will respond to these changes will depend, in part, on the ocean currents.

Sally Wood, a PhD student at the University of Bristol and one of the study's authors, said: "Dispersal is an extremely important process for corals. As they are attached to the seafloor as adults, the only way they can escape harmful conditions or replenish damaged reefs is by releasing their young to the mercy of the ocean currents."

Where these intrepid explorers end up is therefore an important question for coral reef conservation. However, tracking the movement of such tiny larvae in the vast oceans is an impossible task.

"This is where computer simulation comes in," Sally continued. "We can use data on ocean currents to predict where larvae released from a certain location, such as the Great Barrier Reef, will end up."

For the first time, the researchers recreated the paths followed by coral larvae worldwide. Whilst the majority of larvae probably settle close to home, a rare few travel much longer distances, even occasionally crossing the daunting 5000 km of open ocean separating eastern Pacific corals from those on islands of t
'/>"/>

Contact: Hannah Johnson
hannah.johnson@bristol.ac.uk
44-117-928-8896
University of Bristol
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Newly discovered ocean plume could be major source of iron
2. Study finds novel worm community affecting methane release in ocean
3. Newly discovered bacterial partnership changes ocean chemistry
4. Seafood menus from Hawaii reflect long-term ocean changes
5. Global investigation reveals true scale of ocean warming
6. Rapid upper ocean warming linked to declining aerosols
7. Collection that may hold key to oceans mysteries looks to expand in new waterfront home
8. Scientists solve a 14,000-year-old ocean mystery
9. Glimpse into the future of acidic oceans shows ecosystems transformed
10. Greenhouse gas likely altering ocean foodchain
11. ASPIRE prize winner balances ocean conservation and socioeconomic viability
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/11/2014)... that transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells can stimulate neurogenesis ... of Alzheimer,s disease (AD) and improve tissue and function ... are reported on the therapeutic effect of adipose-derived stem ... the effect on oxidative injury and neurogenesis in the ... team, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, China transplanted ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... receptor type 1 can inhibit voltage-gated calcium ... neurotransmitter release. However, some scholars demonstrated that ... Ca2+ influx and increase neurotransmitter release. Dr. ... Affiliated to Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University ... cell voltage-clamp and calcium imaging in cultured ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- In the brains of ... mechanism that allows an electric or chemical signal ... another. Chemical synapses, which are the most abundant ... inhibitory. Synapse formation is crucial for learning, memory, ... and inhibitory synapses critical for brain function. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Blame it on the astrocytes 2
... This press release is available in ... get a whole lot safer for consumers, thanks to Concordia ... foreign substances in dairy and other products. "Even though ... excessive antibiotics in cows, until now there were no methods ...
... release of massive amounts of carbon from methane hydrate ... been linked to the greatest change in global climate ... years earlier. New calculations by researchers at Rice University ... Nobody knows for sure what started the incident, but ...
... in the headlines around the world, this week,s edition of ... a 3-part cover story on the jobs situation for chemists ... manufactured goods, with the chemical industry in the United States ... weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, the world,s largest ...
Cached Biology News:Methane may be answer to 56-million-year question 2Methane may be answer to 56-million-year question 3
(Date:7/10/2014)... 10, 2014 Women in the ... to an additional family planning option. Sayana® Press ... at all levels of the health system and ... a widely used contraceptive—Pfizer’s Depo-Provera® (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate)—with ... is the first of four African countries expected ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 Unraveling life’s ... together. The Archer Family purchased a DNA ... DNA, but ended up with a lifetime of memories, ... within the family members’ DNA genuinely brought the family ... to search deeper into genetic history and prior to ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... , July 10, 2014  Franciscan St. ... of capnography for respiratory monitoring outside the ... healthcare leaders in embracing state-of-the-art patient safety ... patients are breathing and can alert medical ... measuring the amount of carbon dioxide the ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... --  Ceres, Inc . (Nasdaq: CERE ), ... results for the three months ended May 31, 2014 ... Ceres reported that the company and its customers have ... in Brazil, which concluded in June, despite dry and ... for part of the growing season. Yields of several ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 2Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 3Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 4Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 5Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 6Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 2Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 3Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 4Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 5Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point Underscores Patient Safety Commitment Through Expanded Use of Capnography 2Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9
... among the proposals introduced as part of the Invest Wisconsin ... State Sen. Ted Kanavas , R-Brookfield. , ,The legislative ... and other proposals to stimulate investment, seeks to change the ... Under the measure, all income tax payers would see a ...
... Executive Club of Chicago's annual forecast for this year, I ... look at the foreclosures on houses. You would think that by ... start to be more financially secure, but it does not look ... the tech sector is still spotty with stocks like Motorola ...
... Madison, Wis. - In a move that could bring ... of Madison will open an office in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... Madison venture capital firm, which recently moved into a larger ... Park , was one of three venture firms selected to ...
Cached Biology Technology:Kanavas outlines new Invest Wisconsin agenda 2Kanavas outlines new Invest Wisconsin agenda 3Real pulse of the economy? Check real estate foreclosures 2Real pulse of the economy? Check real estate foreclosures 3Real pulse of the economy? Check real estate foreclosures 4Real pulse of the economy? Check real estate foreclosures 5Venture Investors to open Michigan office 2
Request Info...
... DNA preparations are prepared from customers ... 1mg to multi-gram scales. Each preparation ... and glycerol stocks are maintained to ... selection (Clonal selection includes screening colonies ...
... preparations are prepared from customers high-copy ... to multi-gram scales. Small-scale (1-100mg) ... are made according to customer specifications. ... to customer needs, and glycerol stocks ...
... for automated gigaseal patch clamping. The ... ion channels, such as hERG and ligand-gated ... four pipette heads afford more efficient assays ... discovery. The glass-coated tunnels of the ...
Biology Products: