Zooxanthellae and symbiosis with marine animals

Veseli, Marina (2015) Zooxanthellae and symbiosis with marine animals. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Coexistence of two organisms, a symbiosis, may be so intimate that one symbiont lives inside the cells of another. In such a case we speak of endosymbiosis. Zooxanthellae are unicellular photosynthetic algae that are endosymbionts to many sea cnidarians, molluscs and even some protozoa. In this mutualistic relationship, the algae take nutrients from the waste matter of their symbiont and the symbiont provides them with a habitat. On the other hand, the symbiont uses energy and carbon-rich compounds which the algae produce through photosynthesis. This seminar paper provides examples of symbioses of Zooxanthellae with various sea organisms, and their role in such relationships is explained. The topic of symbiosis of Zooxanthellae with stony corals is addressed in more detail for its immense importance in preserving biodiversity of sea life.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Kružić, Petar
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 21
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 14:25
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 14:25
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4753

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