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There are major concerns that the current climate change and ocean acidification is endangering growth of reef-building corals. In this light, Eva Deutekom and Jaap Kaandorp of the UvA Computational Science Lab are members of an international team working on the understanding of coral reefs. Recent findings on the role of DNA methylation were published in Science Advances.

The reef building coral Stylophora pistillata c:Tim Wijgerde

In this paper the authors demonstrate that DNA methylation plays a role in phenotypic plasticity of corals and provide corals with additional mechanism to cope with environmental change. In this recent publication researchers show new results about the epigenetic control of growth and form in reef a-building coral Stylophora pistallata.

Research team

Members of the international team researchers come from KAUST (Saudi Arabia), Centre Scientifique de Monaco (Principality of Monaco), Australian National University and Eva Deutekom and Jaap Kaandorp (Computational Science Lab, UvA).

UvA Computational Science Lab

The reef building coral Stylophora pistillata. c:Tim Wijgerde

Publication details

Yi Jin Liew et al., 'Epigenome-associated phenotypic acclimatization to ocean acidification in a reef-building coral', in: Science Advances 6 June 2018. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar8028