Seagrass ecophysiology meets ecological genomics: are we ready?
Version of Record online: 14 MAY 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 522–527, December 2012
How to Cite
Procaccini, G., Beer, S., Björk, M., Olsen, J., Mazzuca, S. and Santos, R. (2012), Seagrass ecophysiology meets ecological genomics: are we ready?. Marine Ecology, 33: 522–527. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2012.00518.x
- Issue online: 24 OCT 2012
- Version of Record online: 14 MAY 2012
- Accepted: 19 March 2012
- integrative research;
In March 2011, the Ecophysiology and Genetics Working Groups of the European Science Foundation COST Action ES 0906, entitled Seagrass Productivity: From Genes to Ecosystem Management, organized an exploratory workshop entitled “Linking Ecophysiology and Ecogenomics in Seagrass Systems”. The goal of the workshop was to discuss how to integrate comparative gene expression studies with physiological processes such as photosynthetic performance, carbon and nitrogen utilization and environmental adaptation. The main questions discussed for integrative research related to mechanisms of carbon utilization, light requirements, temperature effects and natural variation in pH and ocean acidification. It was concluded that the seagrass research community is still in the nascent stages of linking ecophysiology with genomic responses, as carbon and nitrogen metabolism of seagrasses have not been sufficiently well studied. Likewise, genomic approaches have only been able to assign meaningful interpretations to a handful of differentially expressed genes. Nevertheless, the way forward has been established.