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A Comparative Study of Coral Reef Diseases

​"Coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots in the ocean; so they are very important because they sustain a high number of species. Corals are the nurseries for many fish," explained Prof. Christian Voolstra from the KAUST Red Sea Research Center. But over the last decades, marine scientists have observed the decline of healthy coral reefs around the world.

As a paper published in August by Nature through The ISME Journal, co-authored by Prof. Voolstra and colleagues from KAUST and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, explains: "A major factor contributing to their decline is outbreaks and propagation of coral diseases."​