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Heat Damage To "Photosynthesis Engine" In Symbiotic Algae May Be Among Major Causes Of Coral Bleaching

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July 12, 1999
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Recent studies have strongly implicated the gradual warming of ocean temperatures as a major cause of coral reef bleaching, and a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia confirms it. It turns out, however, that the higher temperatures aren't necessarily damaging the reef-building corals directly but instead are degrading the ability of symbiotic algae, upon which the survival of their hosts is dependent, to convert light into utilizable energy.

ATHENS, Ga.-- Scientists worldwide have been perplexed for more than a decade by extensive bleaching in the ecologically important coral reefs that ring the globe. Suspected culprits in the damage have been everything from bacteria to pollution.


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University Of Georgia. (1999, July 12). Heat Damage To "Photosynthesis Engine" In Symbiotic Algae May Be Among Major Causes Of Coral Bleaching. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/07/990712080016.htm
University Of Georgia. "Heat Damage To "Photosynthesis Engine" In Symbiotic Algae May Be Among Major Causes Of Coral Bleaching." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/07/990712080016.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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