• Fulbright Research Presentation by Dr. Rita Rachmawati: Coral Bleaching and Coral Microbiomes

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    AMINEF and Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan (KKP) invite you to a Fulbright Research Presentation on May 30, 2018 at 10-11 am.

    A short summary of the research:
    A major concern for the future of world coral reefs is mass coral bleaching, a global phenomenon where corals turn white after ejecting their endosymbiotic algae (Symbiodinium) during extended periods of elevated sea surface temperatures. Although most coral bleaching research has focused on these algae, corals harbor other diverse symbiotic microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, viruses, protists, and fungi; the community of these microorganisms is collectively known as the microbiome.

    As in human and other animals, coral microbiomes are believed to play important roles in supporting coral health as well as coral-algae mutualistic symbiosis that is related to coral sensitivity to bleaching. This research on coral-associated microbiomes in Indonesian waters shows a complex response of coral microbiomes to coral bleaching across different species, as well as different regions in Indonesia.

    More research on coral microbiomes is required to provide deeper insights into the nature and specific relationship of microbiomes to their coral hosts and how these are shaped by their environment; information that is important for the future health of Indonesian coral reefs and their associated fisheries.

    Presenter: Dr. Rita Rachmawati (Fulbright Doctoral Degree Program 2008)
    Home institution: Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan
    Host institution: University of California, Los Angeles

    This presentation will be held at:
    Kementrian Kelautan dan Perikanan
    Tuna Hall, 15th Floor
    Gedung Mina Bahari (GMB) IV
    Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No. 16
    Gambir, Jakarta Pusat

    This event is open to the public and free of charge.

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