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Volcanic carbon dioxide vents show ecosystem effects of ocean acidification
The species populating the vent sites comprise a suite of organisms that are resilient to naturally high concentrations of pCO2 and indicate that ocean acidification may benefit highly invasive non-native algal species.
Scleractinian Coral Species Survive and Recover from Decalcification
This study demonstrates that skeleton-producing corals grown in acidified experimental conditions are able to sustain basic life functions in a sea anemone‐like form and will resume skeleton building when reintroduced to normal modern marine conditions, supporting the existence of physiological refugia.
The impact of reduced pH on the microbial community of the coral Acropora eurystoma
Analysis of changes in bacterial communities in the coral mucus, tissue and skeleton following exposure of the coral Acropora eurystoma to two different pH conditions revealed an increase in bacteria associated with diseased and stressed corals, such as Vibrionaceae and Alteromonadaceae.
Coral and mollusc resistance to ocean acidification adversely affected by warming
Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are expected to decrease surface ocean pH by 0.3‐0.5 units by 2100 (refs 1,2), lowering the carbonate ion concentration of surface waters.
Endolithic algae: an alternative source of photoassimilates during coral bleaching
  • M. Fine, Y. Loya
  • Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London…
  • 22 June 2002
Study of the dynamics of photosynthetic pigment concentrations and biomass of endoliths in the skeleton of the encrusting coral Oculina patagonica throughout a bleaching event suggests endolithic algae harboured in their skeleton may be vital for the survivorship of O. patagonsica, allowing gradual recruitment of zooxanthellae and subsequent recovery during the following winter.
A coral reef refuge in the Red Sea
It is suggested that the Gulf of Aqaba (GoA) (Red Sea) may serve as a reef refugium due to a unique suite of environmental conditions, and millennia of natural selection have selected coral genotypes that are less susceptible to thermal stress in the northern Red Sea, delaying bleaching events in the GoA by at least a century.
Oculina patagonica: a non-lessepsian scleractinian coral invading the Mediterranean Sea
It is expected that there will be further expansion of O. patagonica in range and abundance in the western Mediterranean, but very small expansion of the population in the eastern Mediterranean, due to repetitive annual bleaching events.
Synchronization of the life cycle and dispersal pattern of the tropical invader scyphomedusan Rho-pilema nomadica is temperature dependent
The sensitivity of the polyps to low temperatures enables us to predict that the future dispersal of Rhopilerna nornadica may be limited to the eastern Mediterranean and the importance of the effect of 1 abiotic factor on the physiology and the migration pattern of R. nomadica is emphasized.