[Coral-List] Coral tissue extraction

Marah Newman mjnewman at ucsd.edu
Fri Mar 26 14:18:35 EST 2004

Dear All,

I am trying to get an estimate of coral tissue biomass from small samples of
a few different species of coral.  I was wondering if anyone could describe
to me or point me towards papers that detailed, quite specifically, the
technique for getting coral tissue biomass- either by decalcifying the
skeleton and weighing the tissue directly, or by weighing the sample with
and without the tissue and determining the weight of tissue as the
difference.  I am concerned that in the decalcification process I might lose
some of the organic material (such as lipids?) but am not sure how to remove
the tissue from the coral skeleton in a drying technique.  Please let me
know if there are any good references for methodologies for measuring coral
tissue biomass.  The other problem is that I am limited in the field in
terms of access to stoves and chemicals, so the simpler the method, the

Thanks so much,

Marah Newman

Marah Newman
Graduate Student Office, Box 0208
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla
CA 92093, USA

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