Southern Cross University PhD student, Alejandro Tagliafico will talk about his research into corals. Alejandro’s research looks at heterotrophic feeding of corals. (Heterotrophic refers to an organism obtaining its food and energy by taking in organic substances. Corals normally have zooxanthellae that provide the vast majority of their sustenance in the form of sugars.) His research has shown how two species of coral exposed to a lipid enriched diet resisted an experimental bleaching event of 32 degrees C for 14 days. This methodology provides a novel approach for bleaching prevention, reef restoration and improved coral aquaculture.
After the meeting there will be tea and coffee, please bring your cup and don’t forget to bring money for the raffle.