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New publication - Symbiodinium physiology of the Red Sea coral Pocillopora verrucosa

In this publication we found physiological characteristics to vary more with prevailing seasonal environmental conditions than with region-specific differences. Our findings might present the result of long-term acclimatization or adaptation of Symbiodinium microadriaticum to regionally specific conditions within the Red Sea. Of additional note, high nutrients in the south correlated with high symbiont density indicating a compensation for a temperature-driven loss of photosynthetic performance, which may prove promising for the resilience of these corals under scenarios of temperature increase and eutrophication.