Diseases of Coral Reefs

This topic submitted by Ashley Poloha ( Polohaal@miamioh.edu) at 12:57 AM on 4/19/05.

Students take a "coral quiz", San Salvador, Bahamas.

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University


I plan on teaching the class different types of diseases that are hurting and even killing our coral reef ecosystems. This topic is important because you do not often hear about coral reef diseases even though they are a very diverse and important ecosystem that humans need for many things.

I. Introduction
- corals are very important to humans
- very complex ecosystems
- coral diseases are a very serious issue
II. Types of Diseases (discuss information about each type of diesease)
- bleaching
- black band
- white band
- white plague
- white pox
- coralline lethatl orange disease
III. How to Prevent Coral Diseases
- ways humans can help
IV. Conclusion

Sources:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/ mccarty_and_peters/coraldis.htm

www.reefrelief.org/Image_archive/diseases/index.shtml

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/ news/2002/06/0627_020627_coral.html

www.accessexcellence.org/LC/ST/st6bg.html

http://marine.wri.org/pubs_content_text.cfm?ContentID=3062

www.aims.gov.au/pages/research/ reef-monitoring/coral-diseases/diseasecp.html

www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/ecosystem/disease.htm

Dicks, Lynn. (2003). Worm brings death to coral. New Scientist, 178 (2390), 16.


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