Posted by: timlewthwaite | April 14, 2010

Math and the Elkhorn Coral

Elkhorn Coral © Mote Marine Aquarium

Mote Marine Labratory in Sarasota, Fla., recently collaborated with Cornell University to build a mathematical model that describes how beneficial bacteria give way to harmful bacteria when elkhorn coral is stressed by high temperatures.

The study – How Microbial Community Composition Regulates Coral Disease Development – has been published in the scientific journal Public Library of Science – Biology.

The new model may help marine resource managers contend with current declines in corals worldwide. The model could even help scientists predict how climate change and other factors might tip the delicate balance between coral health and disease.

To read more about this fascinating study, visit Mote Marine Labratory’s  News Room.


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