Differential Expression and Functional Analysis of Genes Controlling Metamorphosis and Early Neurogenesis of a Model Lower Animal, the Coral, Acropora

  • Ball, Eldon (PI)
  • Miller, David J. (CoI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    This study will analyse, at a molecular level, the response of coral larvae to stimuli inducing settlement from the plankton and the process of establishment of a sessile, calcified colony. The knowledge gained will facilitate induction of settlement on demand in the most effective way. We will characterise known candidate genes which may be involved in settlement, and reveal a more complete picture using subtractive hybridisation. Studies of the nervous system and the changes that it undergoes at metamorphosis will promote understanding of the control of metamorphosis, and insights into how more complex nervous systems may have evolved.
    Effective start/end date1/01/0331/12/05


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