Coral Health and Disease
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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Dark Spots Disease and Yellow Band Disease Two Poorly Known
Coral Reef Diseases in the Wider Caribbean
Coral Disease on the Great Barrier Reef
Coral Diseases in Gulf of México Reefs
Microbial Communities of Coral Surface Mucopolysaccharide Layers
CultureIndependent Analyses of CoralAssociated Microbes
Aspergillosis of Gorgonians
White Pox Disease of the Caribbean Elkhorn Coral
TemperatureRegulated Bleaching and Tissue Lysis of Pocillopora
Coral Resistance to Disease
Part IV Coral Bleaching
What Can Regeneration Processes Tell Us About Coral Disease?
Bacteria as a Source of Coral Nutrition
Antimicrobial Activity of Sponges and Corals 243
The Adaptive Hypothesis of Bleaching 427
The Bacterial Disease Hypothesis of Coral Bleaching
Coral Reefs and Projections of Future Change
and the Precautionary Principle