The Coral Reef Laboratory
Head: Prof Jörg Wiedenmann.
The Coral Reef Laboratory is a fully established system for coral experimentation. The laboratory team propagates and studies more than 40 species of cnidarians in a multi-compartment mesocosm circulating ~12500 litres of artificial seawater. The laboratory hosts representatives of actiniaria, ceriantharia, octocorallia, corallimorpharia and sclearactinia. The facilities of the Coral Reef Laboratory consist of a coral nursery facility in which replicate colonies of corals are produced for experimental purposes and an experimental aquarium facility for long-term experiments with reef building corals.
The aquarium system allows experimentation under tightly controlled conditions. It also includes the Coral Reef Tank in the reception area of NOCS.
The laboratory's activities include:
- Applying genomic, proteomic and lipidomic approaches to understand the response of reef corals to environmental stress.
- Studies of molecular adaptations of heat stress tolerant corals.
- Assessing the influence of the nutrient environment on the coral bleaching.
- Evolving fluorescent reef coral pigments into advanced imaging tools for biomedical reserach.
- Studying the role of coral pigments in the photobiology of hermatypic corals and their symbiotic algae.
- Exploring the function of fluorescent proteins in deep-water and azooxanthellate invertebrates.
- Field studies to complement the laboratory experimentation.