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MEPS - Vol. 490 - Feature article
Interaction between massive Porites sp. and algal turf; note the bleached coral, as well as bubbles (inset) on the algae at the zone of interaction. Photo: Anya Brown

Brown AL, Carpenter RC


Water-flow mediated oxygen dynamics within massive Porites-algal turf interactions


The proximity of algae can lead to mortality in coral tissues. Brown & Carpenter tested the hypothesis that the effects of algae on coral are driven by microbially-mediated hypoxia. They found no evidence of this; instead, water flow and light controlled oxygen concentrations between corals and algae.


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