The rapid demise of coral reefs worldwide has spurred efforts to develop
innovative conservation and restoration methods. Many of these rely on
omics approaches to produce genetic, genomic, transcriptomic, epigenomic
or metabolomic data to inform conservation and restoration
interventions. This book provides the state of play of this field. It
discusses topics ranging from how genomic and environmental DNA (eDNA)
data can be used to inform marine protected area design and
cryopreservation strategies, the use of knowledge on adaptive genetic
and epigenetic variation to maximise environmental stress tolerance of
coral stock, harnessing transcriptome data to develop early warning
markers, the use of microbial symbiont omics data in guiding restoration
strategies, to applications of metabolomics and genetic engineering.
How best to translate omics data to resource managers is also discussed.