Peridinin-chlorophyll-protein complex: unraveling the unique photosynthetic apparatus of dinoflagellates in response to climatic variation.
Funding: 2011: $80,000
Project Member(s): Ralph, P.
Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Start year: 2011
Summary: Dinoflagellates sustain the food chain. They live in coral and in ice, and also create toxic algal blooms. This project will dissect the unique photosynthetic machinery of these organisms to learn how they adapt and thrive in extreme environments. This new knowledge will predict how dinoflagellate-based ecosystems will respond to future climate change.
Hill, R, Larkum, A, Prasil, O, Kramer, DM, Szabo, M, Kumar, V & Ralph, PJ 2012, 'Light-induced dissociation of antenna complexes in the symbionts of scleractinian corals correlates with sensitivity to coral bleaching', Coral Reefs, vol. 31, pp. 963-975.
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Keywords: microalgae, photosynthesis, dinoflagellate, pigments.
FOR Codes: Invertebrate Biology, Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity, Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change