Coral Health and Disease

  • Eugene Rosenberg
  • Yossi Loya

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Regional Aspects of Coral Reef Health and Disease

    1. Bette L. Willis, Cathie A. Page, Elizabeth A. Dinsdale
      Pages 69-104
    2. Eric Jordán-Dahlgren, Rosa E. Rodríguez-Martínez
      Pages 105-118
    3. Robert Van Woesik, Akiyuki Irikawa, Yossi Loya
      Pages 119-141
  3. Microbial Ecology and Physiology of Corals

  4. Coral Diseases

    1. Garriet W. Smith, Ernesto Weil
      Pages 279-287
    2. Kathryn Patterson Sutherland, Kim B. Ritchie
      Pages 289-300
    3. Laurie L. Richardson
      Pages 325-336
    4. Diego L. Gil-Agudelo, Garriet W. Smith, Jaime Garzón-Ferreira, Ernesto Weil, Dirk Petersen
      Pages 337-349
    5. John Bythell, Olga Pantos, Laurie Richardson
      Pages 351-365
    6. Jack Silverman, Boaz Lazar, Jonathan Erez
      Pages 367-376
    7. Kerri M. Mullen, Esther C. Peters, C. Drew Harvell
      Pages 377-399
  5. Coral Bleaching

    1. Paul L. Jokiel
      Pages 401-425
    2. Robert W. Buddemeier, Andrew C. Baker, Daphne G. Fautin, J. Rebecca Jacobs
      Pages 427-444
    3. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
      Pages 463-484
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 485-488

About this book


Coral reefs constitute the most spectacular and diverse ecosystems in the marine environment. They form reservoirs of the highest biological diversity, including genetic resources and bio-active compounds. Unfortunately, coral reefs are also among the most heavily degraded marine ecosystems. Over the last two decades, coral reef communities have been experiencing increasingly stressful conditions due to a combination of natural and anthropogenic detrimental factors. Coral diseases are among the most recent in a series of threats (e.g. coral bleaching, over exploitation of fish stocks, destructive fishing practices and coastal developments) that is challenging the resilience of coral reef communities.

During an international meeting on coral diseases held in Eilat, Israel, in 2003, leading scientists presented reviews and recent results of laboratory research and in situ observations in order to assess the status of coral health and to understand the disease mechanisms.

The most relevant papers are now presented in Coral Health and Disease. The book starts with several case studies of reefs, which strongly differ regionally, e.g. the Red Sea, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, Japan, western Indian Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef. The second part on microbial ecology and physiology contains contributions describing the symbiotic relations of corals and microbes, the microbial role in nutrition and bleaching resistance and the antibacterial activities of corals. Particular coral diseases, such as aspergillosis, white pox, black, yellow and white band diseases are treated in the third part. Finally, different hypotheses of the mechanisms of coral bleaching, including a projection of the future of coral reefs, are discussed.


Coral reef ecology ecosystem environment microbe microbes microbial ecology nutrition ocean photosynthesis physiology population ecology reefs sponges temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Rosenberg
    • 1
  • Yossi Loya
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Microbiology & BiotechnologyTel Aviv UniversityRamat AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyTel Aviv UniversityRamat AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05863-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-06414-6
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