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Coral mucus functions as an energy carrier and particle trap in the reef ecosystem
Zooxanthellae, endosymbiotic algae of reef-building corals, substantially contribute to the high gross primary production of coral reefs, but corals exude up to half of the carbon assimilated byExpand
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Organic matter release by dominant hermatypic corals of the Northern Red Sea
Particulate organic matter (POM) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) release by six dominant hermatypic coral genera (Acropora, Fungia, Goniastrea, Millepora, Pocillopora and Stylophora) were measuredExpand
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First evidence for zooplankton feeding sustaining key physiological processes in a scleractinian cold-water coral
SUMMARY Scleractinian cold-water corals (CWC) represent key taxa controlling deep-sea reef ecosystem functioning by providing structurally complex habitats to a high associated biodiversity, and byExpand
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Nitrogen cycling in corals: the key to understanding holobiont functioning?
Corals are animals that form close mutualistic associations with endosymbiotic photosynthetic algae of the genus Symbiodinium. Together they provide the calcium carbonate framework of coral reefExpand
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Effects of ocean acidification on microbial community composition of, and oxygen fluxes through, biofilms from the Great Barrier Reef.
Rising anthropogenic CO(2) emissions acidify the oceans, and cause changes to seawater carbon chemistry. Bacterial biofilm communities reflect environmental disturbances and may rapidly respond toExpand
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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 aExpand
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Coral mucus fuels the sponge loop in warm- and cold-water coral reef ecosystems
Shallow warm-water and deep-sea cold-water corals engineer the coral reef framework and fertilize reef communities by releasing coral mucus, a source of reef dissolved organic matter (DOM). ByExpand
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Photosynthetic performance of giant clams, Tridacna maxima and T. squamosa, Red Sea
Two species of giant clams, Tridacna maxima and T. squamosa, coexist in the Red Sea, but exhibit distinctly different depth distributions: T. maxima mostly occurs in shallow waters (reef flat andExpand
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Biogeochemical responses following coral mass spawning on the Great Barrier Reef: pelagic–benthic coupling
This study quantified how the pulse of organic matter from the release of coral gametes triggered a chain of pelagic and benthic processes during an annual mass spawning event on the Australian GreatExpand
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Coral surface area quantification–evaluation of established techniques by comparison with computer tomography
The surface area of scleractinian corals represents an important reference parameter required for various aspects of coral reef science. However, with advancements in detection accuracy and novelExpand
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