J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2010, Vol. 52 ›› Issue (8): 698-703.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2010.00962.x

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Computational Biology Approaches to Plant Metabolism and Photosynthesis: Applications for Corals in Times of Climate Change and Environmental Stress

M. James C. Crabbe*   

  1. LIRANS Institute for Research in the Applied Natural Sciences, Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK
  • Received:2010-02-05 Accepted:2010-04-18 Published:2010-08-01
  • About author:*Corresponding author Tel+44 1582 489265; Fax: +44 1582 489212; E-mail:james.crabbe@beds.ac.uk


Knowledge of factors that are important in reef resilience helps us to understand how reef ecosystems react following major anthropogenic and environmental disturbances. The symbiotic relationship between the photosynthetic zooxanthellae algal cells and corals is that the zooxanthellae provide the coral with carbon, while the coral provides protection and access to enough light for the zooxanthellae to photosynthesise. This article reviews some recent advances in computational biology relevant to photosynthetic organisms, including Beyesian approaches to kinetics, computational methods for flux balances in metabolic processes, and determination of clades of zooxanthallae. Application of these systems will be important in the conservation of coral reefs in times of climate change and environmental stress.

Crabbe MJC (2010) Computational biology approaches to plant metabolism and photosynthesis: applications for corals in times of climate change and environmental stress. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 52(8), 698–703.

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