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Coral mucus functions as an energy carrier and particle trap in the reef ecosystem
- C. Wild, M. Huettel, A. Klueter, Stephan G. Kremb, M. Rasheed, B. Jørgensen
- Environmental ScienceNature
- 4 March 2004
Coral mucus provides light energy harvested by the zooxanthellae and trapped particles to the heterotrophic reef community, thereby establishing a recycling loop that supports benthic life, while reducing loss of energy and nutrients from the reef ecosystem.
Organic matter release by dominant hermatypic corals of the Northern Red Sea
- M. Naumann, A. Haas, U. Struck, C. Mayr, M. el-Zibdah, C. Wild
- Environmental ScienceCoral Reefs
- 31 March 2010
Average values of POC and PN release rates correlated with water temperature, light availability and ambient nitrate concentrations, and provided an important basis for the understanding of coral reef organic matter dynamics and relevant environmental factors.
Coral surface area quantification–evaluation of established techniques by comparison with computer tomography
This study presents an evaluation of methodological accuracy for established techniques in comparison to a novel approach composed of computer tomography (CT) and 3-dimensional surface reconstruction.
First evidence for zooplankton feeding sustaining key physiological processes in a scleractinian cold-water coral
- M. Naumann, C. Orejas, C. Wild, C. Ferrier‐Pagès
- Environmental ScienceJournal of Experimental Biology
- 1 November 2011
Evidence is shown for the trophic significance of zooplankton, essentially sustaining levels of the investigated key physiological processes in the cosmopolitan CWC Desmophyllum dianthus, with further implications for the role of CWC as deep-sea reef ecosystem engineers.
Effects of ocean acidification on microbial community composition of, and oxygen fluxes through, biofilms from the Great Barrier Reef.
- V. Witt, C. Wild, K. Anthony, G. Diaz-Pulido, S. Uthicke
- Environmental ScienceEnvironmental microbiology
- 1 November 2011
It is suggested that bacterial biofilm communities rapidly adapt and reorganize in response to high pCO(2) to maintain activity such as oxygen production, and pH sensitivity of specific bacterial groups.
Degradation and mineralization of coral mucus in reef environments
- C. Wild, M. Rasheed, U. Werner, U. Franke, R. Johnstone, M. Huettel
- Environmental Science, Geography
- 19 February 2004
With in situ and laboratory chamber incubations we demonstrate that coral mucus, an important component of particulate organic matter in reef ecosystems, is a valuable substrate for microbial…
Organic matter release by coral reef associated benthic algae in the Northern Red Sea
Nitrogen cycling in corals: the key to understanding holobiont functioning?
Climate change impedes scleractinian corals as primary reef ecosystem engineers
Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. Scleractinian corals function as the primary reef ecosystem engineers, constructing the framework that serves as a…
Coral mucus fuels the sponge loop in warm- and cold-water coral reef ecosystems
- L. Rix, J. D. de Goeij, D. van Oevelen
- Environmental Science, GeographyScientific reports
- 7 January 2016
The presence of a sponge loop on Red Sea warm-water and north Atlantic cold-water coral reefs suggests it is a ubiquitous feature of reef ecosystems contributing to the high biogeochemical cycling that may enable coral reefs to thrive in nutrient-limited and energy-limited environments.