In the Turf War Against Seaweed, Coral Reefs More Resilient than Expected
June 1, 2009
There's little doubt that coral reefs the world over face threats on many fronts: pollution, diseases, destructive fishing practices and warming oceans. But reefs appear to be more resistant to one potential menace - seaweed - than previously thought, according to new research by a team of marine scientists from the United States and Australia.
Their study is the first global-scale analysis of thousands of surveys of individual reefs - in all, more than 3,500 examinations of about 1,800 reefs performed between 1996 and 2006. The study appears in the June issue of the journal Ecology, which is published by the Ecological Society of America.
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