Behind the science

Prasetia et al. 2017

Reproductive biology of the deep brooding coral Seriatopora hystrix: Implications for shallow reef recovery

Prasetia R, Sinniger F, Hashizume K, Harii S

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Seriatopora hystrix in the field
(C) Frederic Sinniger / HariiLab

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Rian Prasetia cutting fixed and decalcified polyps to observe the histology of gonad development
(C) Zongyan Shi

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Colonies isolated in independent buckets with soft flow of running seawater while waiting for larval release
(C) Saki Harii

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Saki Harii and Rian Prasetia observing planula release and collecting planulae in the wet laboratory
(C) Frederic Sinniger


Saki Harii and Frederic Sinniger observing mother colonies and planulae using blue light to take advantage of the green fluorescence emitted by the planulae (the `pink ambiance` is provided by lightning of algae cultures unrelated to this research)
(C) Giovanni Casari / Azzuro-Imaging

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The birth of a young Seriatopora hystrix shining in the dark. The absence of Green Fluorescence Protein (GFP) in this mother colony provides a perfect contrast to observe the GFP-rich larva coming out of the polyp using blue light and adequate filter.
(C) Rian Prasetia / HariiLab