[Coral-List] Limes are 100% natural and are ubiquitous throughout the Indo-Pacific, thus lime juice injections are an excellent and cheap method for controlling COTS outbreaks, especially in developing countries.
rbeldade at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 15:31:34 EDT 2015
Dear Coral list,
As COTS are once more in the spotlight, we would like to draw your attention to a recent article that was published in Plos One by a collaborative team of researchers working in France and Vanuatu a few weeks ago. This paper demonstrated that in addition to vinegar, injections of lime juice also kill coral-eating crown-of-thorns seastars, Acanthaster planci. Limes are 100% natural and are ubiquitous throughout the Indo-Pacific, thus lime juice injections are an excellent and cheap method for controlling COTS outbreaks, especially in developing countries.
This open access paper came online on September 10th ; it can be downloaded from: http://www.plosone.org/article/related/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0137605 <http://www.plosone.org/article/related/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0137605>
References : Grégoire Moutardier, Sompert Gereva, Suzanne C. Mills, Mehdi Adjeroud, Ricardo Beldade, Jayven Ham, Rocky Kaku & Pascal Dumas (2015). Lime Juice and Vinegar Injections as a Cheap and Natural Alternative to Control COTS Outbreaks. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0137605. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137605.
Authors are a from team of researchers working at the French Institutes of IRD and CRIOBE and part of the Laboratoire of Excellence “Corail”, as well as researchers from the Fisheries Department of Vanuatu.
Also see some media response on the subject (in french):http://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/nature-environnement/20150925.OBS6560/les-recifs-coralliens-sauves-par-du-vinaigre-et-du-citron.html <http://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/nature-environnement/20150925.OBS6560/les-recifs-coralliens-sauves-par-du-vinaigre-et-du-citron.html>
Ricardo Beldade (on behalf on all the authors)
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