Therapeutics for Coral Bleaching: insight from a novel triterpenoid metabolite
Coulombe, Hilary L.
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The focus of the work will be to use therapeutics try to fix and/or prevent coral bleaching. Bleaching is when the coral releases its colored zoozanthellae symbionts, causing a white color appearance. This is a stress response for the coral and is caused mainly by an increase in temperature. This is a problem because once coral bleaching starts it can continue even without the presence of the stressors. If the coral does manage to survive this period it will take a long time for the symbionts to grow back to their original proportions in the coral. This topic is of interest because coral reefs are disappearing every day and conservation of coral reefs has been a hot topic in recent scientific discussions. This paper looks into the use of therapeutics in preventing coral bleaching and helping with recovery when a bleaching event occurs.