White Pox Disease Linked to Human Sewage

by | Aug 17, 2011 | Conservation, Corals, Reef | 0 comments

Scientists recently announced a possible cause of “white pox disease” which has decimated Acropora palmata in the Caribbean.  A description of the study indicates that a bacteria which is found in human sewage was introduced in the lab to corals which developed white pox just 4 days later. As you may know, Palmata is a an endangered species and is one of the few acroporidae in the Atlantic Ocean.  Hopefully this will help scientists with their efforts to protect the local reefs from runoff, dumping and other major polluters.  LINK

  • Josh Saul

    Josh Saul is a technology consultant for large global banks. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 20 years and has been SCUBA diving for more than 30.

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