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Molecular Diagnostics of Coral Exposed to Oil and Dispersants: A Holobiont Approach to Investigate Potential Effects on the Host Corals, Symbiotic Algae, and Mucus Associated Microbial Communities

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Florida Atlantic University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Toxic contaminants from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are currently threatening nearby coral reef ecosystems, such as the Florida Keys. Given the ecological and economic importance of coral reefs in Florida and worldwide, understanding the acute and chronic impacts of oil and dispersants on coral health is critical for developing management strategies to reduce or mitigate coral loss. The goal of this project is an integrated assessment of oil and dispersant impacts on Florida's reef building corals.


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