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Posted Fri Mar 21 2008: from Science Daily (US):
Dissolved Organic Matter May Influence Coral Health
The composition of dissolved organic matter surrounding Florida Keys coral reefs has likely changed in recent decades due to growing coastal populations. Bacterial communities endemic to healthy corals could change depending on the amount and type of natural and man-made dissolved organic matter in seawater, report researchers... "When coastal ecosystems are physically altered, the natural flow of dissolved organic material to nearby coral ecosystems is disrupted with potentially harmful consequences for the corals," said Shank, assistant professor of marine science.
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Unlike dogs, it looks like coral systems don't like rolling in shit.
Strange. Isn't that a nutrient?

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