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Scientists discover genes involved in immunity of sea fans to coral diseases

      See photo gallery for sea fan 'Message in a Bottle.' Credit and Larger Version July 24, 2013 The following is part five in a series on the NSF-NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) Program. Like all of us, corals get sick. They respond to pathogens (disease-causing microbes) and recover or […]

Encroaching sea already a threat in Caribbean

By David McFadden. Associated Press. 05/08/13 TELESCOPE, Grenada — The old coastal road in this fishing village at the eastern edge of Grenada sits under a couple of feet of murky saltwater, which regularly surges past a hastily-erected breakwater of truck tires and bundles of driftwood intended to hold back the Atlantic Ocean. For Desmond […]

New Evidence Highlights Threat to Caribbean Coral Reef Growth: Many Caribbean Coral Reefs Are Starting to Erode

ScienceDaily. Jan. 29, 2013 — Coral reefs build their structures by both producing and accumulating calcium carbonate, and this is essential for the maintenance and continued vertical growth capacity of reefs. An international research team has discovered that the amount of new carbonate being added by Caribbean coral reefs is now significantly below rates measured […]