volume 16, issue 1, P3-27 2014
DOI: 10.3755/jcrs.16.3
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中嶋 亮太, 田中 泰章

Abstract: It is well known that corals release transparent and mucoid organic matter (coral mucus) to the ambient seawater. This mucus release is important for various physiological functions of corals such as defense against stress, particle trap and cellular metabolic regulation. Coral mucus is mainly composed of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids, of which most are dissolved organic matter and thus utilized by heterotrophic bacteria and incorporated into the microbial loop. A fraction of the mucus, with its high mole…

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