Coral reefs are among the most valuable and diverse ecosystems on Earth. But they are rapidly declining.
“When coral reefs shrink, the economy shrinks. And in order to save coral reefs we have to understand how to protect them from the diseases that threaten them,” said James W. Porter, co-editor of the new book Diseases of Coral.
Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology and Marine Sciences at UGA’s Odum School of Ecology, said that while there is “an accelerating interest in coral reef protection, there is a dearth of knowledge about how to protect corals themselves from the host of maladies that threaten their health.”
Diseases of Coral is intended to fill this gap by providing comprehensive descriptions, diagnostic procedures and treatments for coral disease using a uniform vocabulary.