The Coral Symbiomics Lab
Red Sea Research Center
Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering

Genome of S. microadriaticum shed light on symbiosis-specific adaptations

Genome of S. microadriaticum shed light on symbiosis-specific adaptations

12/22/2016
​Besides contributing the third Symbiodinium genome to the public domain, we identified specific adaptations that all sequenced Symbiodinium shared that likely stems from their symbiotic lifestyle.

We show that Symbiodiniums harbour expanded repertoires of transporters linked to the provision of carbon and nitrogen. These expansions tend to be species-specific, which suggest a potential mechanism for these symbionts to adapt to specific hosts.

The full, open access paper can be found below.