Dust and other Hypotheses

rbak at nioz.nl rbak at nioz.nl
Mon Jan 20 03:08:33 EST 2003

Dear Gene,
As for how the Diadema pathogen reached the lesser Antilles against the
We saw that in Curacao the disease clearly started at the harbour. The days
following the break out of the disease at the harbour it worked it's way
up- and down current over the reefs along the coast, away from the harbour.
The disease was moving swiftly with the current and slowly against it (Bak
et al. 1983, MEPS 17:105-108).
We always assumed the pathogen came to Curacao with ship(s), in bilgewater
or any other way a ship could transport the pathogen.
Rolf PM Bak

Prof. dr. Rolf P.M. Bak
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