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Gluing It Back Together: Novel Probiotic Treatments for Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Treatments for stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) are being approached from a new perspective at the Coral Health and Marine Probiotics (CHAMP) Lab at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce. The lab is investigating the use of probiotics (beneficial bacteria) to stop disease lesion progression on infected corals or even prevent infection altogether. […]

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Friends of Our Florida Reefs Partners with Nova Southeastern University to Install a New Living Florida’s Coral Reef Exhibit at the Marine Environmental Education Center in Hollywood, Florida

October 2020 – Broward County, Florida — To better educate the public about the wonders, beauty, and threats to Florida’s coastal water ecosystems, several notable organizations are partnering to add the first of three large exhibit tanks by the popular “Captain” Sea Turtle Pool at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at the Carpenter […]

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Confessions of a Coral Spawning Scientist

The first time I witnessed coral spawning was in 2007, just off the coastline of Puerto Rico on the healthiest patch of elkhorn coral I have ever seen. It is now 2020, almost exactly 13 years from that first coral spawning trip with SECORE International, and the level of excitement and anxiety leading up to […]

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Great Star Coral Spawns in Captivity at Nova Southeastern University

Scientists at the Nova Southeastern University Marine Larval Ecology & Recruitment Lab have successfully induced colonies of Montastrea cavernosa (great star coral), a major reef-building species in Florida, to reproduce in captivity for the first time ever. The corals have been held in indoor aquariums for the last year, where Dr. Joana Figueiredo and her lab were […]

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Spawning the future of Florida’s Coral Reef

Coral spawning is perhaps the most spectacular natural event I have ever witnessed. During only a few nights each summer, many of Florida’s important reef-building corals reproduce simultaneously through “mass spawning.” Using cues from the environment such as lunar cycle, water temperature, and day length, sexually mature colonies release their gametes (eggs and sperm) into […]

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