Welcome to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's training course on how to cryopreserve coral sperm. This virtual training workshop was put together to help professionals around the world cryopreserve the coral sperm from their own reefs. This is intended to be an introduction and a primer on how to get started.
Many professionals who have previous experience may find the training modules completely self-explanatory. However, others may need help. Please do not hesitate to contact either Mary Hagedorn, Ph.D, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Claire Lager (email@example.com) if you need additional assistance.
Before you begin the cryopreservation process, you must have the liquid nitrogen storage to maintain these important genetic resources. Therefore, make prior plans to have long-term storage in a cryo-repository to hold your cryopreserved coral samples. If properly stored, these samples can survive for tens of years.
Once you have successfully cryopreserved and thawed your samples, Hagedorn and her team would love to hear more about your samples and species of interest, so they can be added to the global list of cryopreserved coral. Best of luck!