Date and LocationMonday June 03, 2019 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Evolution of the coral symbiosis and its ecological consequences
The evolution of heritable symbioses have been fundamental for the evolution of planetary life. In stony corals, vertical transmission has evolved repeatedly, providing a unique opportunity to investigate the mechanistic basis of this complex trait. Although vertical transmission is predicted to increase uniformity of the symbiont community, recent work in corals has suggested that vertically acquired symbioses may be environmentally flexible. This seminar will present data from two studies, the first a comparative analysis aimed at identifying genes involved in the evolution of symbiont transmission mode, and the second, examining the potential for environmental flexibility heritable symbiont communities.