A new study shows that corals can control their surroundings by producing unique molecules that can help recruit healthy microbiomes and fight parasitic microbes.
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A teaspoon of seawater is home to a thousand algae cells and a million bacteria. These tiny critters are fundamental to life on Earth. Ocean algae produce much of the oxygen in the atmosphere and form the base of the marine food chain, while bacteria release carbon dioxide that is converted into organic molecules by algae — and plants — during the process of photosynthesis.
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As Disease Ravages Coral Reefs, Scientists Scramble for Solutions
As oceans warm, coral reefs are suffering not only from bleaching but from deadly outbreaks of disease. Researchers are developing remedies, but the key question is whether these solutions can work on a large-enough scale to save vast reef systems from Florida to Australia.
Yale Environment 360 | January 10, 2019
A coral disease alert system
Chemicals that diffuse from coral surfaces into the surrounding seawater could be used as indicators of coral health.
Nature Middle East | November 06, 2018
Corals produce molecules that can help resist disease
Scientists report that corals, though they are stationary organisms, can alter their surroundings by producing unique molecules that can help recruit healthy microbiomes and fight parasitic microbes.
Daily Science | November 05, 2018