DAO 87:1-3 (2009)  -  doi:10.3354/dao02177

INTRODUCTION
The role of environment and microorganisms in diseases of corals: overview of DAO Special 5

Kiho Kim1,*, Cathie A. Page2, C. Drew Harvell3

1Department of Environmental Science, American University, Washington, DC 20016, USA
2School of Marine and Tropical Biology and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
3Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA

ABSTRACT: Coral reefs are in decline worldwide. In the last several decades, bleaching and disease in a warming ocean have emerged as dominant drivers of ecological change on coral reefs. This special issue of DAO presents papers based on presentations from the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (2008, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA). The articles herein document disease outbreaks involving novel hosts, pathogens and/or locations, experimental studies investigating processes and mechanisms underlying pathogen dynamics, and the application of increasingly sophisticated laboratory and modeling approaches to understanding disease epizootiology.


KEY WORDS: Coral · Disease · Bleaching · Climate change · Epizootiology · Modelling


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Cite this article as: Kim K, Page CA, Harvell CD (2009) The role of environment and microorganisms in diseases of corals: overview of DAO Special 5. Dis Aquat Org 87:1-3

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