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Underwater Whodunit: What's Killing Florida's Elkhorn Coral?

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Scientists Dusty Kemp and Meredith Meyers under water in the Florida Keys.

Hot on the underwater trail: scientists Dusty Kemp and Meredith Meyers in the Florida Keys.

Credit: James Porter


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Elkhorn coral

Elkhorn coral is an important shallow water Caribbean reef-building coral.

Credit: James Porter


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Colonies of elkhorn coral

Colonies of elkhorn coral are susceptible to infection by a human bacterial pathogen.

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Biologist James Porter samples an elkhorn coral colony for white pox disease.

Biologist James Porter samples an elkhorn coral colony for white pox disease.

Credit: University of Georgia


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James Porter and Dusty Kemp with a field genetics lab in Dry Tortugas National Park.

James Porter and Dusty Kemp with a field genetics lab in Dry Tortugas National Park.

Credit: National Park Service


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Researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory.

Researchers Katie Sutherland and others culture the pathogen at the Mote Marine Laboratory.

Credit: James Porter


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