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MIT News | Scientists discover slimy microbes that may help keep coral reefs healthy

The bacteria scrub out nitrogen, potentially defending against certain nutrient overloads.

Image: Robert Walker


MIT News | Researchers at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in collaboration with colleagues in Cuba, have discovered microbes living within some coral species that may help shield the coral against excess nitrogen levels.


“This could be a very natural way that reefs can protect themselves, at least to some extent,” says Assistant Professor Andrew Babbin.
Andrew Babbin | Assistant Professor in MIT EAPS
MIT Sea Grant’s 2018-2020 Doherty Professor in Ocean Utilization
Funded Research | The Roles of Nitrogen Dynamics in Governing Coral Reef Health