Welcome to the Marine Symbiosis Laboratory
The Marine Symbiosis laboratory studies the biochemical interactions between the animal host and its intracellular algae. Understanding how cells communicate with one another will help us to understand how a stable symbiosis is maintained.
We have isolated two cell-signalling molecules from P. versipora that regulate carbon metabolism in algae isolated from both corals and zoanthids.
Plesiastrea versipora 1m diameter from the south coast of N.S.W Photo A.Grant