Coral bacteria

Published: December 2nd, 2011

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Coral bacteria

Polyps are shown growing in a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences laboratory. To help combat the devastating disease of coral known as white pox, researchers at the University of Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory began researching the interactions between the pathogen that causes the malady and other microorganisms that live on coral. They screened several hundred bacteria isolated from coral and non-coral polyps and found four bacteria that stopped white pox disease progression under controlled laboratory conditions and, to some degree, protected the polyps from getting sick.

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