The genetic diversity and population viability of Platygyra sp.(Scleractinia) from Hong Kong
Emeritus Professor Morton, Brian Sydney (Principal investigator)
Dr Ng Wai Chuen (Co-Investigator)
RGC General Research Fund (GRF)
HKU Project Code
General Research Fund (GRF)
To use allozyme electrophoretic techniques to resolve the taxonomy of Platygyra complex in Hong Kong in conjunction with a morphometric study and analysis of a wide range of Platygyra morphotypes from throughout local waters. Since recovery of damaged coral communities depends, basically, on either regeneration from fragments of damaged corals or re-colonization by planktonic larval planulae, this investigation will also examine intra-specific genetic variation in the local Platygyra and use the database in estimates of (1) the adaptive and regeneration potentials of the corals, and, (2) the degree of larval recruitment and gene flow between Hong Kong's disparate coral populations.