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  • AbstractCoral reefs are being degraded at unprecedented rates and decisive intervention actions are urgently needed to help them. One such intervention in aid of reefs is coral cryopreservation. Although the cryopreservation of coral sperm and larvae has been achieved, preservation of coral fragments including both its tissue and skeleton, has not. The goal of this paper was to understand and assess the physiological stressors that might underlie coral fragment cryopreservation and the long-term consequences of these physiological exposures to continued growth. Therefore, we assessed small fragments (0.5 x0.5 mm2) from the Hawaiian coral,Porites compressa, examining: 1) the sensitivity of the fragments and their algal symbionts to chilling temperatures; 2) the sensitivity of the coral to complex cryoprotectants; 3) methods to safely remove the algal symbionts from the coral fragment for cryopreservation, given the two symbiotic partners may require different cryopreservation protocols; 4) continued growth over time of coral fragments once returned to running seawater after treatment exposures; and, 5) assessment of health and viability of microfragments after treatments examining the distribution of green fluorescent protein and fluorescent symbionts. Technological advances in cryo-technology promise to support successful coral fragment cryopreservation soon, and its success could help secure much of the genetic and biodiversity of reefs in the next decade.

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Lager, C., Perry, R., Daly, J., Page, C., Mizobe, M., Bouwmeester, J., ... Hagedorn, M.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Lager, Claire||Perry, Riley||Daly, Jonathan||Page, Christopher||Mizobe, Mindy||Bouwmeester, Jessica||Consiglio, Anthony N||Powell-Palm, Matthew J||Hagedorn, Mary

Book Title

  • bioRxiv

publication date

  • January 2023