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Dick Davies
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Coral Cohabiters: Time for a Status Update?

Symbiosis derives from the terms sym for together, and biosis for life. The coral reef appears to be a poster child for a lifetime of togetherness. The soft tissues of coral polyps are embedded with hundreds of single-celled, free-swimming dinoflagellates, captured from nutrient poor, crystal clear tropical waters. Photosynthesis by dinoflagellates provides 95% of the organic food used by the polyps. In return, the dinoflagellates are housed in a safe environment where their hosts supply them with carbon dioxide and minerals needed for photosynthesis. 

Friends with Benefits: Like a Facebook status, the relationship of coral symbionts is complicated. Clearly, the coral benefits: oxygen and sugars produced by trapped dinoflagellates enable these corals to grow as much as three times faster as those without symbionts. But the converse is not true: in the symbiotic relationship, it takes ~70 days for the dinoflagellates to double, in contrast to a mere 3 days outside the coral. So symbiosis has a fitness cost for the algae. In reality, the coral host is more like an active farmer, who lures and engulfs the free-living dinoflagellates into captive domestication. When the coral is stressed, it loses control of the delicate energy balance in this relationship and expels its colorful guests en masse. Coral bleaching devastates the entire reef ecology and is a symptom of climate change which brings warmer, more acidic, nitrogen rich waters.

● All relationships lie along a continuum: from truly mutualistic, where both partners benefit and the success of one is tied to the success of the other, to commensalism, where one partner benefits but the other is neither harmed nor helped, and the extreme cases of parasitism, in which one organism exploits and harms the other. Isn't there a parallel with human relationships as well? 

The more we learn about the diversity of life and the structure of genomes, the more it appears that much of the evolution of biodiversity is about the manipulation of other species—to gain resources and, in turn, to avoid being manipulated (John Thompson, 1999). True mutualism may be rare in nature. Evolutionary selection tends to maximize individual fitness and conflict of interests are inevitable!

REF: Is the coral-algae symbiosis really ‘mutually beneficial’ for the partners? S.A. Wooldridge (2010) Bioessays 32: 615-625

IMAGES: Check out more stunning coral photographs by +Daniel Stoupin at http://www.microworldsphotography.com/

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One of the most interesting things about writing books is the macroscopic picture that emerges when you’re done. Larger patterns begin to reveal
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Keep your Board of Directors fully informed and they come into meetings well prepared, aware of the challenges and ready to dive into the core topics.
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I'd like to call out a really great blog post (and talk) my colleague Nick Grossman delivered last week. He called it Venture Capital vs Community Capital, but to me its about the endless cycle of domination and disruption that plays out in the tech sector. This bit from the post rings so true ...
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A recent study published by the Content Marketing Institute on B2B Technology Content Marketing had some great insights on the state of the industry along with some potentially alarming statistics on effectiveness.  Fortunately, there are some definite opportunities to learn and improve. So before you spend another dime on content marketing, you might want to take a look at some of the standout benchmarks and trends. It looks like a pretty good g...
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I’ve been traveling more lately, and thought it’d be handy to show my favorite setup for attending work conferences or business trips. As I sat down to record this video I was literally preparing to go to a conference on the ...
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Exciting news in hominid studies: tools from Kenya near Lake Turkana have been dated at 3.3 million years old! This find disproves that Homo habilis was the earliest tool maker. A member of the genus Australopithecus is the most likely maker of these tools, although another ancient human ancestor, Kenyanthropus platyops, has not been ruled out.

This finding was discussed at the Paleoanthropology Society's annual meeting. Click here to read about the find in Science Magazine: http://news.sciencemag.org/africa/2015/04/world-s-oldest-stone-tools-discovered-kenya

Just found the link to the Nature article. My apologies for not posting with original post.

Here's the article in Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v521/n7552/full/nature14464.html
The tools, dating to 3.3 million years ago, may indicate that hominins were making tools much earlier than previously thought by some 700,000 years.
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Many CEOs today, as made evident by recent CEO surveys such as the IBM Annual CEO Survey, are emphasizing improving customer engagement for their corporations.  Realizing one essential priority is building a customer-centered organization able to compete in a fast-moving and dynamic digital economy.  Where holding onto customers in a multi-channel world becomes an important component of an overall customer strategy.What CEOs and the CMOs have com...
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When we improve leadership, we can improve anything. A modern organization is like a school of fish. It’s not about big versus small fish. It is about fish with unique skills and different roles, unified in purpose and coordinated in action.
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