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Cucumbers for coral health

Cucumbers are best when pickled....or from the sea!


Check out the new Nature Communications paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-024-45730-0


Cody Clements, Zoe Pratte, and team show that sea cucumbers, the vacuums of the ocean floor, help keep corals healthy, likely by sucking up harmful microbes from the sand.


This is important because corals are in trouble worldwide, and because people keep taking cucumbers off reefs....


Photo: Lead author Cody Clements diving at Palmyra.




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