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Corals in a Changing World

Edited by Carmenza Duque

National University of Colombia, Colombia


Corals comprise a wide variety of colonial marine invertebrates belonging to the Phylum Cnidaria. Their polyps form the most colorful, complete, and diverse communities on the Earth resembling underwater cities, commonly called coral reefs, which host a wide variety of invertebrates and fish species. They are highly productive ecosystems, contribute to the health of the biosphere, and offer a good number of economic and ecological services to coastal populations and to many people around the world. However, due to a diverse number of natural and anthropogenic stressors, corals have shown a severe decline over the past few decades. Being aware of the importance and relevance of the facts described, the book "Corals in a Changing World" offers new scientific information regarding the actual status and, in some cases, the resilience state of coral reef systems. Timely information is critical for managers and decision makers to implement sustainable management measures according to the ecological condition of coral reefs. In addition, the book also discusses the use of well-maintained coral microcosms to provide a good basis for performing experiments with natural fluctuations and to present studies dedicated to the coral diversity characterization and to their importance as a source of important biological compounds, which could be converted into industrial products.

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Corals in a Changing WorldEdited by Carmenza Duque

Published: March 28th 2018

DOI: 10.5772/65203

ISBN: 978-953-51-3910-2

Print ISBN: 978-953-51-3909-6

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-3974-4

Copyright year: 2018

Books open for chapter submissions

12232 Total Chapter Downloads

19 Crossref Citations

24 Web of Science Citations

39 Dimensions Citations


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1. Introductory Chapter: Introduction to Corals in a Changing World

By Carmenza Duque Beltran and Edisson Tello Camacho


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2. Cold Temperate Coral Habitats

By Lene Buhl-Mortensen and Pål Buhl-Mortensen


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3. Deep Gorgonians and Corals of the Mediterranean Sea

By Michela Angiolillo and Simonepietro Canese


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4. Precious Coral

By Luwei Fan


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5. Coral Reef Bleaching: An Ecological and Biological Overview

By Norma Olguín‐López, Carolina Gutiérrez‐Chávez, Víctor Hugo Hérnández‐Elizárraga, César Ibarra‐Alvarado and Alejandra Rojas‐ Molina


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6. Dynamics of Stony Coral and Octocoral Juvenile Assemblages Following Disturbance on Patch Reefs of the Florida Reef Tract

By Lucy A. Bartlett, Vanessa I.P. Brinkhuis, Rob R. Ruzicka, Michael A. Colella, Kathleen Semon Lunz, Erin H. Leone and Pamela Hallock


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7. The Fate of Corals: Will They Overcome Competition with Algae and Cyanobacteria in a Changing Environment?

By Monica Puyana


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8. Coral Microcosms: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Change Biology

By Patrick Schubert and Thomas Wilke


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9. Coral Reef Resilience Index for Novel Ecosystems: A Spatial Planning Tool for Managers and Decision Makers - A Case Study from Puerto Rico

By Edwin A. Hernández-Delgado, Sonia Barba-Herrera, Angel Torres- Valcárcel, Carmen M. González-Ramos, Jeiger L. Medina-Muñiz, Alfredo A. Montañez-Acuña, Abimarie Otaño-Cruz, Bernard J. Rosado-Matías and Gerardo Cabrera-Beauchamp


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10. Multi-Disciplinary Lessons Learned from Low-Tech Coral Farming and Reef Rehabilitation: I. Best Management Practices

By Edwin A. Hernández-Delgado, Alex E. Mercado-Molina and Samuel E. Suleimán-Ramos


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11. Multi-disciplinary Lessons Learned from Low-Tech Coral Farming and Reef Rehabilitation: II. Coral Demography and Social-Ecological Benefits

By Edwin A. Hernández-Delgado, Alex E. Mercado-Molina, Samuel E. Suleimán-Ramos and Mary Ann Lucking


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12. Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR) Studies to Maximize the Activity of Compounds Isolated from Octocorals

By Carmenza Duque, Leonardo Castellanos and Edisson Tello


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