Dr. Todd LaJeunesse is one of the leading authorities in the research of Symbiodinium and he was one of the crucial developeres of the molecular techniques necessary to be able to recognize sub-clade level Symbiodinium types. This 50 minute video lecture is a cutting edge look at the fundamentals of coral algae symbiosis such as specificity of coral-algae symbiosis, as well as the stability, diversity and competition of the relationship. What is particularly fascinating is how the type of Symbiodinium occurring in a reef coral seems to be more important in predicting the physiological response of the coral-algae holobiont than the type of coral which is being colonized; a phenomenon that is particularly important where certain reefs are dominated by monotypic stands of single coral species. The college style lecture is definitely a neck deep load of information that really focuses on one specific angle of how corals work but if you want to know where the envelope of this research is currently at, a video guided tour from Todd LaJeunesse is the perfect way to jump right in.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.