The genetic diversity and population viability of Platygyra sp.(Scleractinia) from Hong Kong


Grant Data
Project Title
The genetic diversity and population viability of Platygyra sp.(Scleractinia) from Hong Kong
Principal Investigator
Emeritus Professor Morton, Brian Sydney   (Principal investigator)
Co-Investigator(s)
Dr Ng Wai Chuen   (Co-Investigator)
Duration
37
Start Date
1998-09-01
Completion Date
2001-09-30
Amount
655000
Conference Title
Presentation Title
Sponsor
RGC General Research Fund (GRF)
HKU Project Code
HKU 7224/98M
Grant Type
General Research Fund (GRF)
Funding Year
1998/1999
Status
Completed
Objectives
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.