The presence of the cyanobacterial toxin microcystin in black band disease of corals.

@article{Richardson2007ThePO,
  title={The presence of the cyanobacterial toxin microcystin in black band disease of corals.},
  author={Laurie L. Richardson and Raju Sekar and Jamie L. Myers and Miroslav Gantar and Joshua D. Voss and Longin T. Kaczmarsky and Elizabeth R. Remily and Gregory L. Boyer and Paul V. Zimba},
  journal={FEMS microbiology letters},
  year={2007},
  volume={272 2},
  pages={182-7}
}
Black band disease (BBD) is a migrating, cyanobacterial dominated, sulfide-rich microbial mat that moves across coral colonies lysing coral tissue. While it is known that BBD sulfate-reducing bacteria contribute to BBD pathogenicity by production of sulfide, additional mechanisms of toxicity may be involved. Using HPLC/MS, the cyanotoxin microcystin was detected in 22 field samples of BBD collected from five coral species on nine reefs of the wider Caribbean (Florida Keys and Bahamas). Two… CONTINUE READING