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Surviving in a Marine Desert: The Sponge Loop Retains Resources Within Coral Reefs
Sponge Pump “Darwin's Paradox” asks how productive and diverse ecosystems like coral reefs thrive in the marine equivalent of a desert. De Goeij et al. (p. 108) now show that coral reef sponges areExpand
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Cultivation of Marine Sponges
Abstract: There is increasing interest in biotechnological production of marine sponge biomass owing to the discovery of many commercially important secondary metabolites in this group of animals. InExpand
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Marine Sponges as Pharmacy
Marine sponges have been considered as a gold mine during the past 50 years, with respect to the diversity of their secondary metabolites. The biological effects of new metabolites from sponges haveExpand
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Primmorphs from seven marine sponges: formation and structure.
Primmorphs were obtained from seven different marine sponges: Stylissa massa, Suberites domuncula, Pseudosuberites aff. andrewsi, Geodia cydonium, Axinella polypoides, Halichondria panicea andExpand
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Oxygen consumption in Mediterranean octocorals under different temperatures
Ecosystem resilience to climate anomalies is related to the physiological plasticity of organisms. To characterize the physiological response of some common Mediterranean gorgonians to fluctuationsExpand
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Large-scale production of pharmaceuticals by marine sponges: sea, cell, or synthesis?
Marine sponges are known to produce an overwhelming array of secondary metabolites with pharmaceutical potential. The technical and economical potential of using marine sponges for large-scaleExpand
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Progress towards a controlled culture of the marine sponge Pseudosuberites andrewsi in a bioreactor.
Explants of the tropical sponge Pseudosuberites andrewsi were fed with the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornotum. The food was supplied either as intact algae or as a filtered crude extract. GrowthExpand
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Cultivation of sponges, sponge cells and symbionts: achievements and future prospects.
Marine sponges are a rich source of bioactive compounds with pharmaceutical potential. Since biological production is one option to supply materials for early drug development, the main challenge isExpand
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The Biology and Economics of Coral Growth
To protect natural coral reefs, it is of utmost importance to understand how the growth of the main reef-building organisms—the zooxanthellate scleractinian corals—is controlled. Understanding coralExpand
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Coral aquaculture to support drug discovery.
Marine natural products (NP) are unanimously acknowledged as the 'blue gold' in the urgent quest for new pharmaceuticals. Although corals are among the marine organisms with the greatest diversity ofExpand
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