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Quick Test for Potential Probiotic in Seawater May Reveal Health of Corals

29 October, 2021

Osaka Prefecture University
University of the Ryukyus
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo

Coral reefs, comprising some of the most diverse and delicate ecosystems under water, are under immense stress. From global warming to pollution to pathogens, many of the reef-building coral species are listed as threatened or endangered. But, according to researchers in Japan, the corals may have an unlikely ally: bacteria.

The multi-institute research team developed a method to quickly and noninvasively test for bacteria species known to benefit coral — they test the seawater near the coral. Their approach, first published online on July 18 in Marine Biotechnology, was featured on the cover of the journal’s August print edition.このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます
(Osaka Prefecture University)

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