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Thermal tolerances of reef corals in the Gulf: a review of the potential for increasing coral survival and adaptation to climate change through assisted translocation.
Mar Pollut Bull. 2013 Jul 30; 72(2):323-32.MP

Abstract

Corals in the Gulf withstand summer temperatures up to 10 °C higher than corals elsewhere and have recovered from extreme temperature events in 10 years or less. This heat-tolerance of Gulf corals has positive implications for the world's coral populations to adapt to increasing water temperatures. However, survival of Gulf corals has been severely tested by 35-37 °C temperatures five times in the last 15 years, each time causing extensive coral bleaching and mortality. Anticipated future temperature increases may therefore challenge survival of already highly stressed Gulf corals. Previously proposed translocation of Gulf corals to introduce temperature-adapted corals outside of the Gulf is assessed and determined to be problematical, and to be considered a tool of last resort. Coral culture and transplantation within the Gulf is feasible for helping maintain coral species populations and preserving genomes and adaptive capacities of Gulf corals that are endangered by future thermal stress events.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St. Honolulu, HI 96817, USA. slcoles@bishopmuseum.orgNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23058810

Citation

Coles, Steve L., and Bernhard M. Riegl. "Thermal Tolerances of Reef Corals in the Gulf: a Review of the Potential for Increasing Coral Survival and Adaptation to Climate Change Through Assisted Translocation." Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 72, no. 2, 2013, pp. 323-32.
Coles SL, Riegl BM. Thermal tolerances of reef corals in the Gulf: a review of the potential for increasing coral survival and adaptation to climate change through assisted translocation. Mar Pollut Bull. 2013;72(2):323-32.
Coles, S. L., & Riegl, B. M. (2013). Thermal tolerances of reef corals in the Gulf: a review of the potential for increasing coral survival and adaptation to climate change through assisted translocation. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 72(2), 323-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.09.006
Coles SL, Riegl BM. Thermal Tolerances of Reef Corals in the Gulf: a Review of the Potential for Increasing Coral Survival and Adaptation to Climate Change Through Assisted Translocation. Mar Pollut Bull. 2013 Jul 30;72(2):323-32. PubMed PMID: 23058810.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Thermal tolerances of reef corals in the Gulf: a review of the potential for increasing coral survival and adaptation to climate change through assisted translocation. AU - Coles,Steve L, AU - Riegl,Bernhard M, Y1 - 2012/10/08/ PY - 2012/05/15/received PY - 2012/08/30/revised PY - 2012/09/06/accepted PY - 2012/10/13/entrez PY - 2012/10/13/pubmed PY - 2013/11/10/medline KW - Acclimatization/adaptation KW - Coral bleaching KW - Coral mortality KW - Coral translocation KW - Gulf thermal history KW - Temperature stress thresholds SP - 323 EP - 32 JF - Marine pollution bulletin JO - Mar Pollut Bull VL - 72 IS - 2 N2 - Corals in the Gulf withstand summer temperatures up to 10 °C higher than corals elsewhere and have recovered from extreme temperature events in 10 years or less. This heat-tolerance of Gulf corals has positive implications for the world's coral populations to adapt to increasing water temperatures. However, survival of Gulf corals has been severely tested by 35-37 °C temperatures five times in the last 15 years, each time causing extensive coral bleaching and mortality. Anticipated future temperature increases may therefore challenge survival of already highly stressed Gulf corals. Previously proposed translocation of Gulf corals to introduce temperature-adapted corals outside of the Gulf is assessed and determined to be problematical, and to be considered a tool of last resort. Coral culture and transplantation within the Gulf is feasible for helping maintain coral species populations and preserving genomes and adaptive capacities of Gulf corals that are endangered by future thermal stress events. SN - 1879-3363 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23058810/Thermal_tolerances_of_reef_corals_in_the_Gulf:_a_review_of_the_potential_for_increasing_coral_survival_and_adaptation_to_climate_change_through_assisted_translocation_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0025-326X(12)00456-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -