Experimental evidence for high temperature stress as the cause of El Niño-coincident coral mortality

@article{Glynn2004ExperimentalEF,
  title={Experimental evidence for high temperature stress as the cause of El Ni{\~n}o-coincident coral mortality},
  author={Peter W. Glynn and Luis D'Croz},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2004},
  volume={8},
  pages={181-191}
}
High temperature tolerance experiments performed on Pocillopora damicornis, a major reef-building coral in the tropical eastern Pacific, resulted in loss of zooxanthellae, histopathological abnormalities, and mortality similar to that observed during the severe 1982–83 El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event. Coral vitality declined significantly at 30–32°C during a 10-week period, but remained high at normal temperatures (26–28°C). Laboratory time courses to coral morbidity and death were… CONTINUE READING