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New Journal Article on and in Biofouling

The effect of substratum colour on the formation of micro- and macro fouling communities was investigated in the Marina Bandar al Rowdha (Muscat, Sea of Oman). The study demonstrates that the colour of the substratum can affect the formation of biofouling communities in short-term experiments. For antifouling screening, darker substrata are recommended, as they promote a higher density of fouling organisms. However, white or light coloured coatings would be preferable to maximise the protection of structures against marine fouling.