Limited phosphorus availability is the Achilles heel of tropical reef corals in a warming ocean

  title={Limited phosphorus availability is the Achilles heel of tropical reef corals in a warming ocean},
  author={Le{\"i}la Ezzat and Jean-François Maguer and Renaud Grover and Christine Ferrier-Pag{\`e}s},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
During the 20(th) century, seawater temperatures have significantly increased, leading to profound alterations in biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem processes. Elevated temperatures have also caused massive bleaching (symbiont/pigment loss) of autotrophic symbioses, such as in coral-dinoflagellate association. As symbionts provide most nutrients to the host, their expulsion during bleaching induces host starvation. However, with the exception of carbon, the nutritional impact of bleaching on… CONTINUE READING
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