Coral Health and Disease

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Eugene Rosenberg, Yossi Loya
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 14, 2013 - Science - 488 pages

Coral reefs are the most spectacular and diverse ecosystems in the marine environment. Over the last decades, however, dramatic declines of coral reef communities have been observed. Corals are endangered due to natural and anthropogenic detrimental factors, such as global warming and environmental pollution.

Based on an international meeting on "Coral Health and Disease" in Eilat, Israel in April 2003, the book starts with case studies of reefs, e.g. the Red Sea, Caribbean, Japan, Indian Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef. The second part on microbial ecology and physiology describes the symbiotic relations of corals and microbes, and the microbial role in nutrition or bleaching resistance of corals. Particular coral diseases such as aspergillosis, white pox, black and white band diseases are treated in the third part. Finally, various hypotheses of the mechanisms of coral bleaching, including a projection of the future of coral reefs, are discussed.

 

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Contents

Part I Regional Aspects of Coral Reef Health and Disease
1
Dark Spots Disease and Yellow Band Disease Two Poorly Known
19
Coral Reef Diseases in the Wider Caribbean
35
Coral Disease on the Great Barrier Reef
69
Coral Diseases in Gulf of México Reefs
105
References
117
References
140
References
155
Microbial Communities of Coral Surface Mucopolysaccharide Layers
259
CultureIndependent Analyses of CoralAssociated Microbes
265
Aspergillosis of Gorgonians
279
White Pox Disease of the Caribbean Elkhorn Coral
288
TemperatureRegulated Bleaching and Tissue Lysis of Pocillopora
301
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338
Coral Resistance to Disease
377
Part IV Coral Bleaching
396

References
174
References
191
What Can Regeneration Processes Tell Us About Coral Disease?
217
Bacteria as a Source of Coral Nutrition
231
Antimicrobial Activity of Sponges and Corals 243
242
The Adaptive Hypothesis of Bleaching 427
426
The Bacterial Disease Hypothesis of Coral Bleaching
445
Coral Reefs and Projections of Future Change
463
and the Precautionary Principle
480
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