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Russia: Bringing Research and Teaching Back Together

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Science  02 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5249, pp. 699
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5249.699a

Summary

Reef-building corals have poured the foundations for spectacular underwater edifices that house one quarter of all marine species. Scientists have long thought that, like many powerful architects, corals exploited lowly helpers, in this case using symbiotic algae to boost the rate at which they lay down carbonate to form these reefs. But new evidence on page. 637; indicates that, far from being lowly workers, the algae might actually be in charge.