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Seaweed with a Deadly Touch


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Daniel Strain

Source: ScienceNOW

October 17, 2011

 

""Attack of the killer seaweed" may sound like a cheesy horror flick, but for many coral species, murderous multicellular algae have become real-life villains. A new study of reefs in the South Pacific suggests that some algae can poison coral on contact. This chemical warfare may be increasing the pressure on struggling reef communities worldwide, researchers say.

 

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