Sponge-mediated coral reef growth and rejuvenation

@article{Wulff2004SpongemediatedCR,
  title={Sponge-mediated coral reef growth and rejuvenation},
  author={Janie L. Wulff},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2004},
  volume={3},
  pages={157-163}
}
  • J. Wulff
  • Published 1 November 1984
  • Environmental Science
  • Coral Reefs
Sponges mediate consolidation of Porites furcata rubble on shallow Caribbean reefs by quickly adhering to rubble and stabilizing it until carbonate secreting organisms can grow and consolidate it to the reef. Experimental investigations demonstrate that the entire cycle from (1) temporary binding of rubble by sponges, through (2) rubble consolidation by encrusting coralline algae, to (3) colonization of consolidated rubble by corals, can be completed within 10 months. Bound rubble both adds to… 

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