Competition between macroalgae and corals: effects of herbivore exclusion and increased algal biomass on coral survivorship and growth

@article{Lirman2001CompetitionBM,
  title={Competition between macroalgae and corals: effects of herbivore exclusion and increased algal biomass on coral survivorship and growth},
  author={Diego Lirman},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2001},
  volume={19},
  pages={392-399}
}
Recent declines in coral abundance accompanied by increases in macroalgal cover on Florida reefs highlight the importance of competition for space between these groups. This paper documents the frequency of coral–algal interactions on the Northern Florida Reef Tract and evaluates the effects of grazer exclusions and experimental algal addition on growth and tissue mortality of three coral species, Siderastrea siderea, Porites astreoides, and Montastraea faveolata. The frequency of interactions… CONTINUE READING
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