Beneficial Bacteria Can Help Keep Florida Coral Healthy, UF Researchers Report
Source: University of Florida News
October 11, 2011
Gainseville, FL - "Bacteria that could potentially help corals resist the devastating disease white pox have been found by researchers at the University of Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory.
The findings could help maintain the health of Florida's coral reefs, which bring in billions of dollars to the state annually and are important for tourism, fisheries, shoreline protection and pharmaceutical research.
"Coral reefs are a major attraction for tourists in Florida," said Max Teplitski, a microbiologist and an associate professor at UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. "They support the economies of South Florida, and they're also important for fisheries and, in general, healthy ecosystems.""
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