Hungry fish in certain areas protect sensitive coral against bleaching

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In a study published on Wednesday, researchers found that fish seem to be the key ingredient to maintaining healthy, unbleached coral....Previous research has shown that the activity of the corals’ microbiome is a major factor that helps protect it against diseases, writes the team, led by senior author Mark Hay, Ph.D., professor of marine ecology at Georgia Tech....Now the team shows that pathogen-protective chemicals are likely responsible for warding off the bleaching bacteria — and that healthy communities of fish help the corals keep producing such chemicals.

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College of Sciences, School of Biological Sciences

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Life Sciences and Biology
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coral bleaching, coral conservation, allelochemicals
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  • Created By: A. Maureen Rouhi
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  • Created On: Oct 7, 2019 - 3:42pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2019 - 3:42pm