[Coral-List] Water Lilies and Coral Reefs

Raquel Peixoto raquelpeixoto at micro.ufrj.br
Thu Mar 9 15:05:06 EST 2017

Inspiring and timely parallel between us and Monet, Sarah! Thank you very

I would like to take this opportunity to share our recent review: "Beneficial
Microorganisms for Corals (BMC): Proposed Mechanisms for Coral Health and
Resilience" where we do also make a parallel between corals and plants and
the widely and extensively used PGPRs (Plant Growth Promoting
Rhizobacteria). We propose the term BMC (Beneficial Microorganisms for
Corals) to define (specific) symbionts that promote coral health. This term
and concept are analogous to the term PGPR, which has been widely explored
and manipulated in the agricultural industry to promote plant health and
growth. Additionally, we propose and discuss the potential mechanisms of
the effects of BMC on corals, suggesting strategies for the use of this
knowledge to manipulate the microbiome, reversing dysbiosis to restore and
protect coral reefs. This may include the development and the use of BMC
consortia as environmental “probiotics” to improve coral resistance after
bleaching events and/or the use of BMC with other strategies such as
human-assisted acclimation/adaption to shifting environmental conditions.

Such manipulations are widely used, not only for plants, but also for
several other organisms, including humans (and probiotics) and we would
like to encourage people to foster such studies in corals as well. We have
ongoing mesocosms experiments (*Pocillopora damicornis* and *Mussismilia
hartti*i) with promising results, where our BMC native consortium
significantly protected *P. damicornis* against bleaching caused by *Vibrio
coralliilyticus* and/or increasing temperatures.


Best regards


Em qui, 9 de mar de 2017 às 13:26, Sarah Frias-Torres <
sfrias_torres at hotmail.com> escreveu:

During World War I, Claude Monet painted his water lilies, now on display
at oval exhibition rooms at the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France. What
was the point of painting through the horrors of the war? Because he knew
the war would end one day, and he wanted to heal the people afterward by
looking at the beauty of his impressionist water lilies.

We, the coral reef community, invest our passion in understanding,
conserving and restoring coral reefs. Humanity is at war with nature. Like
Monet,  we are working hard because we know one day the war will end. We
are seeing some small victories already, but we must keep working to
ensure, when the war ends, people will still enjoy the beauty and awesome
healing power of the oceans and coral reefs.

Don’t despair my friends. We live to fight another day.

Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D.
Twitter: @GrouperDoc
Blog: http://grouperluna.wordpress.com

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