09 Oct '11, 3pm

Can you believe it? Dumping human waste into the ocean isn't helpful to corals. Study confirms!

Well, no crap. Or maybe too much crap. The Nature Conservancy has more on the subject. Apparently, coral reef specialists have long suspected this was the case. The study examined elkhorn coral in Caribbean Sea off of Florida. Researchers isolated a people poop pathogen --- Serratia marcescens --- that causes white pox on the elkhorn, AKA Acropora palmata. This species of coral has declined by almost 90 percent in the last 10 years in Florida. White pox leaves white, circular lesions on the surface of infected colonies, and can take out a colony in a matter of days, according to NOAA . An abstract for the PLoS One study says: Our results provide the first example of a marine 'reverse zoonosis' involving the transmission of a human pathogen (S. marcescens) to a marine invertebrate (A. palmata). These findings underscore the interaction between public health practices and en...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/study-human-waste...

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