Kiel Marine Science

Full carbonate chemistry at the site of calcification in a tropical coral

Jan 28, 2019

Einblicke in das Wachstum einer tropischen Koralle

Coral calcification: Microscope-guided microsensor measurements reveal full carbonate chemistry at the site of calcification in a tropical coral

Researchers from the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen and the University of Kiel (CAU) have succeeded in directly measuring three key parameters necessary for skeleton formation in a live tropical coral. This way, they completely characterized the carbonate chemistry at the site of calcification. Read more

Coral reefs are made up of massive calcium carbonate skeletons. The present study, published in Science Advances on 16 January 2019, reveals insights into the process of calcification, namely the process that leads to the formation of these skeletons. Elucidating coral calcification is key to a deeper understanding and better predictions of how and why coral reefs respond to environmental changes, such as ocean acidification.
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Dr. Marian Hu
Institute of Physiology
Kiel University


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