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Microbial ecology: Algae feed a shift on coral reefs

Human pressures on coral reefs are giving macroalgae a competitive advantage over reef-building corals. These algae support larger, and potentially pathogenic, microbial populations that are metabolically primed for less-efficient, yet faster, carbohydrate remineralization, perpetuating a vicious cycle of reef degradation.

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Figure 1: Frameworks for understanding shifting dominances on coral reefs.


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Garren, M. Microbial ecology: Algae feed a shift on coral reefs. Nat Microbiol 1, 16061 (2016).

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