HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Scientists Urge Further Study Of Alarming Coral Reef Decline

Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the mysterious decline of coral reefs throughout the world and are recommending more extensive research into the potentially serious problem.

The corals are at the center of a complex food web. When they die, thousands of other species are in jeopardy. People in some developing nations are dependant on the coral reef communities for their food or livelihoods. Corals also contain toxins that offer promise for cancer research and chemical compounds that could be used to make new medicines. "But we are just in the infancy of doing those kinds of studies," said Johns Hopkins University biologist Gary K. Ostrander. Ostrander co-authored a scientific paper about the worldwide threat with biologist William J. Meehan, a doctoral student in his laboratory.

The paper, essentially an overview of declining coral reef health, will be published on April 25 in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.

"We are pointing out that these corals are dying all over the world," Ostrander said. Scientists do not know what is causing the coral reef deterioration, which has accelerated dramatically since the early 1980s. But their deaths may signal serious, as-yet unidentified environmental ills, said Ostrander, who noted in the paper that there have been few studies to detail the phenomenon at the molecular and cellular levels. Also lacking are studies aimed at uncovering possible environmental causes.

"We believe our ability to understand and possibly remedy this complex global problem will be accelerated as toxicologists begin to address these issues," the two biologists concluded in their paper.

Corals, like jellyfish and sea anemones, belong to the phylum Cnidaria. They are tiny animals that use their tentacles to catch food particles floating in the water. Certain types of corals produce calcium carbonate skeletons -- the coral reefs. Once attached to the chalky white skeleto
'"/>

Contact: Emil Venere
Emil@jhu.edu
410-516-7160
Johns Hopkins University
2-Apr-1997


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Scientists to prototype cyberinfrastructure for research and education access to ocean observatories
2. Scientists sequence genome of kind of organism central to biospheres carbon cycle
3. Scientists find nanowires capable of detecting individual viruses
4. Scientists discover potential new way to control drug-resistant bacteria
5. Scientists explore genome of methane-breathing microbe
6. Scientists decipher genetic code of biothreat pathogen
7. Stuck on you: Scientists lay bare secrets of bacterial attachment proteins
8. Scientists discover proteins involved in spread of HIV-1 infection
9. Scientists fear new Ebola outbreak may explain sudden gorilla disappearance
10. Scientists reinvent DNA as template to produce organic molecules
11. Scientists visualise cellular handmaiden that restores shape to proteins

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Scientists Urge Further Study Alarming Coral Reef Decline

(Date:1/22/2015)... Jan. 15, 2015  BellBrook Labs, a leader in ... the launch of a TR-FRET (time resolved Forster ... UDP Assay, a high throughput screening assay for ... will allow for sensitive detection of hundreds of ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Jan. 21, 2015  Analyst Report Issued by Small Cap IR. ... showed that planet-wide, transactions at merchants on the leading payment ... number of credit, debit, and prepaid cards reached 6.54 billion.  ... of fraudulent card usage in 2012, and credit and debit ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Jan. 22, 2015 Infinisource has launched its new NXG ... model. The G2 sets a higher standard for collecting attendance ... management solution. With plug-and-play installation, touch screen interface and seamless ... a robust time collection solution for the small to mid-size ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):BellBrook Labs Launches a High Throughput Screening Assay for Glycosyltransferases with TR-FRET Readout 2$4.80 Near Term Price Target with "Buy" given by CapRock Research for NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD) issued by Small Cap IR 2Infinisource's NXG series sets new time clock standard 2
(Date:1/22/2015)... January 22, 2015 GEA Niro Soavi ... top laboratory homogenizer, the PandaPLUS 2000, which is ideal ... , and cell disruption . This compact laboratory ... fruit juices, liquid food, food additives and ingredients as ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Crystal Diagnostics (CDx) ... that it has received AOAC-PTM Certifications for the six non-O157 ... and O145; collectively referred to as STEC or the “Big-6”) ... colony forming unit (cfu) per 325 g of raw ground ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015 Selexis SA, a serial ... Cell Banks (RCBs) used for drug discovery to commercial ... will include Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data packages. ... biologic manufacturing by ensuring the integrity of the gene, ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015   GenoSpace , a precision ... tools to enable the broad use of genomic, imaging and ... the appointment of Michelle Munson , CEO of Aspera, ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150122/170713 ...
Breaking Biology Technology:GEA Niro Soavi Announces the PandaPLUS 2000 Homogenizer for Processing New Applications for Nanoemulsions and Cell Disruption 2Crystal Diagnostics Awarded AOAC-PTM Accreditation for the Rapid Detection of “Big 6” E.coli Food Pathogens 2Selexis Generated Research Cell Banks Now Fully Sequenced Using Next-Generation Sequencing 2GenoSpace Expands Board with Appointment of Michelle Munson 2
Cached News: