White syndromes of Indo-Pacific corals

Bourne, David G., Ainsworth, Tracy D., and Willis, Bette L. (2016) White syndromes of Indo-Pacific corals. In: Woodley, Cheryl M., Downs, Craig A., Bruckner, Andrew W., Porter, James W., and Galloway, Sylvia B., (eds.) Diseases of Coral. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, USA, pp. 300-331.

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Abstract

The term white syndromes (WS) applies to irregular patterns of tissue loss exposing bands or patches of bare white skeleton. There are many different white diseases in the Caribbean, each with potentially different causative agents, there are likely to be many different types of white syndromes causing tissue loss on Indo-Pacific corals. Coral disease diagnosis and nomenclature are predominantly based on underwater observations of macroscopic characteristics, such as lesion color, lesion progression rate, and patterns and extent of tissue loss and exposed coral skeleton. Variability in the presence of bacteria associated with WS lesions has also been found in ultrastructural studies. Robust ecological assessments and rapidly developing molecular biological and chemical technologies all aimed at understanding the interactions between the agent, host and the environment, which all play a role in the etiology of white syndromes of the Indo-Pacific must be considered in determining causation.

Item ID: 45382
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-118-82850-2
Keywords: ecological assessments; Indo-Pacific corals; ultrastructural studies; white syndromes
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 01:29
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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