Microbial diseases of corals: Pathology and ecology

Eugene Rosenberg*, Ariel Kushmaro

*Corresponding author for this work

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Microorganisms play a fundamental role in the health and disease of all corals. Disease can be caused by pathogenic microorganisms, environmental stress, and a weakening of the host's innate immunity system. Often these factors interact. Pathogens responsible for the following coral diseases are described: Bacterial bleaching, aspergillosis, black band, white band, white plague, white pox, yellow band, brown band, porites trematodiasis, and skeletal eroding band. The small amount of data that is available on the modes of transmission and mechanism of pathogenicity are presented. Several possible modes of coral innate immunity to disease are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoral Reefs
Subtitle of host publicationAn Ecosystem in Transition
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789400701137
StatePublished - 2011


  • Coral diseases
  • aspergillosis
  • bacteria
  • bacterial bleaching
  • black band
  • brown band
  • coral bleaching
  • coral health
  • coral pathology
  • porites trematodiasis
  • skeletal eroding band
  • vibrio
  • white band
  • white plague
  • white pox
  • yellow band


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