Translational Research to Combat Climate Change Impacts
CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEM
Coral Reefs are threatened by multifaceted and multidimensional plethora of stresses. Space competition by eroding sponges in perticular to the one belonging to Cliona viridis complex species are one of the severe threats to corals. The species Cliona thomasi Mote, Schönberg, Samaai, Gupta & Ingole, 2019 is a new introduction to this group of sponges. How the microbial associates of C. thomasi supports it invading the corals under the influence of environment stress is the interest of my research?