“Dinoflagellates are crucial for keeping coral healthy

In a world-first, scientists in Japan have observed individual stony coral cells engulfing single-celled, photosynthetic algae. The microscopic algae, known as dinoflagellates, were engulfed by cells cultured from the stony coral, Acropora tenuis, the scientists reported in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. “Dinoflagellates are crucial for keeping coral healthy and alive,” said Professor Noriyuki Satoh, senior author of the study and head of the Marine Genomics Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. “Coral cells take up the algae and provide them with shelter and…

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