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November 27, 2013
Large study shows pollution impact on coral reefs — and offers solution

Contact: Rebecca Vega-Thurber [email protected] 541-737-1851 Oregon State University PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 26-Nov-2013   CORVALLIS, Ore. – One of the largest and longest experiments ever done to test the impact of nutrient loading on coral reefs today confirmed what scientists have long suspected – that this type of pollution from sewage, agricultural practices or other sources […]

Research provides insights into marine disease and climate

By Krishna Ramanujan. August 2, 2013. Cornell Cronicle Climate changes have increased the occurrence of infectious diseases in some natural and agricultural systems, and developing predictive early-warning systems will be crucial to combat their spread. A review article in the Aug. 2 issue of Science presents the current state of the science and forecasting recommendations. […]

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 […]

November 28, 2012
In Hawaii, a coral reef infection has biologists alarmed

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles TimesNovember 27, 2012, 5:00 a.m. HANALEI, Hawaii — When compiling a list of places that may be described as paradise, Hanalei Bay on the rugged north shore of the island of Kauai surely qualifies. The perfect crescent bay, rimmed by palm trees, emerald cliffs and stretches of white sand, has […]

October 1, 2012
Scientists link nutrient pollution to coral bleaching

27 September 2012, by Tom Marshall Too many nutrients can put corals at risk, a new study shows. Excessive nitrogen in the water affects their ability to cope with rising water temperatures and other environmental pressures, making them vulnerable to harmful bleaching. That is, an excessive supply of nutrients can paradoxically lead to nutrient starvation. […]

September 25, 2012
Scientists investigate reports of a massive coral deaths off Kauai

 By Catherine Cruz. 9:54 AM HST Sep 22, 2012 HONOLULU — A mysterious coral die-off on Kauai’s north shore is prompting a team of scientists to take a closer look at what may be killing large areas of coral reef. Marine biologist Terry Lilley has been monitoring and documenting Kauai’s marine environment for the […]