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Seaweed Can Chemically Compete With Corals

by TFH Magazine on October 18, 2011 at 10:07 am


In addition to the dangers corals face from each other every day, scientists have now discovered that some species of marine seaweed can inhibit the growth of or even kill reef-building coral. Traditionally, seaweed on reefs has been controlled by marine herbivores, such as rabbitfish, parrotfish, and yellow tangs. However, as the number of herbivores patrolling the reefs decline, seaweed has been gaining an upper hand.  These findings could one day lead to new advice on wild reef management and protecting corals.

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Posted in Aquatic News by TFH Magazine on October 18th, 2011 at 10:07 am.

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