Bleaching makes coral disease prone

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Scientists from the University of Miami have discovered that coral bleaching makes the corals more susceptible to disease, and the diseases in turn make the coral more susceptible to bleaching.

Publishing their results in the latest issue of the journal Ecology, Marilyn Brandt and John McManus intensively monitored two patches of coral reefs in the Florida Keys for a period of 18 months for their study.

The period included a sustained spell of coral bleaching that was triggered by elevated water temperatures during August