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Strategic R&D

Important reef fish functional groups in hard coral recovery

Community level monitoring programs remain as an important source of primary data that help researchers elucidate important processes in complex systems. The two-year community monitoring effort conducted in Apo Reef Natural Park have shown the important role of large reef fishes in sustaining the recovery of the hard coral community after consecutive disturbances. The study …

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Site Characterization and Implementation of Innovative Sustainable Oyster Systems

The SCI2SOS project funded under the CRADLE Program of DOST aims to establish oyster mariculture areas through sustainable means and by using science-based decision making in the monitoring of such oyster mariculture. The project was originally proposed as an alternative livelihood to fisherfolk, especially during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to provide …

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Establishment of Sanitary Quality of Oysters and Their Culture Condition

Ideal growing areas for oysters were identified, where relaying sites were established, which could be able to reduce E. coli counts from 24,000 MPN/ 100 g to ≤ 20 MPN/ 100 g after 2 weeks of relaying, making the raw oyster safe for human consumption. Comprehensive data on the sanitary quality of the oyster growing …

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Genetic structure of slipper shaped oyster

Studies on genetic structure of populations and its morphological association are important to advance oyster farming. This study was focused to look at the genetic structure of Crassostrea iredalei populations in the Philippines using microsatellites markers through optimization of the identified five loci. This project was conducted in 5 Provinces, Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Negros Occidental …

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Hatchery Production of Single Spats Slipper-shaped Oyster

The manual “Hatchery Production of Single Spats Slipper-shaped Oyster Crassostrea iredalei” is one of the major outputs of the National Oyster R&D Program under the projects, “Broodstock Management and Conditioning for the Oyster, Crassostrea iredalei to Maximize Production” and “Refinement of the Larval, Post Larval, and Nursery Rearing Techniques for Crassostrea iredalei,” funded by the …

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Understanding coastal acidification effects to corals and marine organisms

The Coastal Acidification Program generated information on coastal acidification as a contribution to justify the inclusion of coastal acidification to the National Climate Change Action Plan and to provide actual Philippine coastal acidification data to the Global Ocean Acidification – Observing Network (GOA-ON). Through this program, data from 63 sites across the country was generated …

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Factors that influence coral population persistence to serve as a guide to resilience-based management and restoration practice

This project studied the genetic structure and connectivity of natural populations of representative coral species with varying dispersal potentials based on life history traits, e.g. a broadcast spawner (Acropora digitifera) which likely disperses further distances compared to a brooder which has restricted larval dispersal (Heliopora coerulea), and a species with mixed modes of reproduction and …

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Coral responses to thermal stress

Genetic mechanisms that confer stress susceptibility or resilience to corals was determined using RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) technology. It was discovered that differences in the thermal tolerance of corals correlate with differences in the way that these species deploy their stress response tool kit when subjected to elevated temperature. This project is the first to capture the …

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Coral responses to environmental stress

The physiological limits of 17 selected coral species in response to ocean acidification, ocean warming, and anthropogenic nutrient-coastal acidification stress were evaluated using manipulative experiments. As a result, a ranked list of coral stress tolerances was generated. It was found out that corals exhibited lower tolerance to thermal stress than ocean acidification. Moreover, corals exhibit …

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