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Symbiotic pathways of carbon in coral reef ecosystems

Present status and future prospects
  • D. L. Taylor1
Helgoländer wissenschaftliche Meeresuntersuchungen24:BF01609518


1. Productivity of algal-invertebrate symbiosis in coral reef ecosystems is discussed, and current methods of analysis described.

2. Translocation within the symbiosis, apparent rates of turnover, the retention time of carbon fixed in photosynthesis and the excretory pathways leading to the reef community are examined. Possible mechanisms for recycling carbon back to the level of the primary producers are presented.

3. Future prospects for in situ studies of the “coral reef problem”, and the requirements for substantiative data in these areas are discussed.