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Disease continues to be a major threat to coral reef health, but new research by Florida researchers shows great hopes for common antibiotics used to treat bacterial infectious diseases in humans. It is clear what is shown.
A recent outbreak of an infection called stony coral tissue loss has affected 20 different stony coral species. First discovered in Miami-Dade County in 2014, the disease has spread throughout Florida’s coral reefs and parts of the Caribbean Sea.
Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanography Institute found that amoxicillin treatment was 95% successful in treating diseased Montastraea cavernosa coral colonies (the Great Star Coral commonly found in the Atlantic). I found that it showed a rate.
It was not always possible to prevent the treated colonies from developing new lesions over time, but due to their role as the predominant reef builder in Florida’s reefs, M. Maintaining a cavernosa colony is important.
“There are three scenarios in our study that may explain the emergence of new lesions in cured coral amoxicillin-treated lesions,” said study author Erin N. Schilling MS.
“The causative agent of stony coral tissue loss may still be present in the environment and may have re-infected quiescent colonies. Also, the duration and dose of this antibiotic intervention prevented the loss of stone coral tissue. It was enough to do, but it may not have been enough to eliminate the pathogen from other areas of the coral colony. “
“Successful treatment of stony coral tissue loss with antibiotics may benefit from using a normally successful approach to human bacterial infections. D., Senior Author, FAU Harbor Branch Associate Research Professor, Executive Director of NOAA Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technical Cooperation.
“Further efforts are needed to optimize the administration and delivery of antibiotic treatments and effectively expand interventional treatments.”
The survey was conducted approximately 2 kilometers offshore from Lauderdale by the Sea in Broward County. Colonies were regularly monitored for 11 months.
This study Florida Department of Environmental Protection And NOAA, of which Voss and Shilling are members.
Research published in Scientific Reports, Funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Harbor Branch Marine Research Institute Foundation.
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