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People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.

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Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

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Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Coral genomics program collaborative research published in Nature

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Jul 2011

The first draft of the whole genome sequence of the coral Acropora millepora, the result of collaboration between the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoE) and the Australian Genome Research Facility, was recently released https://www.coralcoe.org.au/news_stories/coralgenome.html. In a parallel and complementary effort, CoE program leader David Miller collaborated with a Japanese team led by Nori Satoh at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in sequencing the genome of Acropora digitifera, a species thatis more abundant on Japanese reefs. The results of this study are published in the 28th July issue of Nature http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature10249.html. Also see the Nature News and Views article Coral genomes could aid reef conservation

The CoE and OIST teams are now collaborating to compare the two genome sequences, which will not only provide insights into how genes contribute to the biological differences between coral species, but will also empower coral population genetics and ecological research.

“Coral Genome Decoded”: press release from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au