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Mar Biotechnol (NY). 2011 Aug;13(4):658-71. doi: 10.1007/s10126-011-9382-7. Epub 2011 May 17.

The biology and economics of coral growth.

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Aquaculture and Fisheries, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 338, 6700, AH, Wageningen, The Netherlands. ronald.osinga@wur.nl

Abstract

To protect natural coral reefs, it is of utmost importance to understand how the growth of the main reef-building organisms-the zooxanthellate scleractinian corals-is controlled. Understanding coral growth is also relevant for coral aquaculture, which is a rapidly developing business. This review paper provides a comprehensive overview of factors that can influence the growth of zooxanthellate scleractinian corals, with particular emphasis on interactions between these factors. Furthermore, the kinetic principles underlying coral growth are discussed. The reviewed information is put into an economic perspective by making an estimation of the costs of coral aquaculture.

PMID:
21584662
PMCID:
PMC3159950
DOI:
10.1007/s10126-011-9382-7
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