Fungal invasion of massive corals

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dc.contributor.author Raghukumar, C.
dc.contributor.author Raghukumar, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-12T09:59:22Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-12T09:59:22Z
dc.date.issued 1991
dc.identifier.citation Mar. Ecol. P.S.Z.N.I., Vol.12; 251-260p.
dc.identifier.uri http://drs.nio.org/drs/handle/2264/3158
dc.description.abstract Five species of corals from the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean) have been regularly found to have single or multiple necrotic patches. The occurrence of such corals with necrotic patches varied from 10-50% in the field. Sections revealed a septate dark brown mycelial fungus on the surface and subsurface of the dead patches in five coral species. The fungus was isolated in culture and identified as Scolecobasidium sp. The fungus formed a distinct dense brown to black zone of 0.5-1.5 cm width immediately below the surface of the corals. In terms of biomass, the fungus was estimated to contribute 3-5 mg.cm-3 of coral skeleton.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Blackwell
dc.rights Copyright [1991]. All efforts have been made to respect the copyright to the best of our knowledge. Inadvertent omissions, if brought to our notice, stand for correction and withdrawal of document from this repository.
dc.title Fungal invasion of massive corals
dc.type Journal Article


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