Bacteria In Marine Sponges Harvest Phosphorus For Reef Community
(Click to enlarge) Giant barrel sponge (Credit: NOAA)
Did you ever wonder why the water is so clear around coral reefs? Scientists have known for years that sponges can filter water and gather nutrients from the ocean, making it appear crystal clear.
(From ScienceDaily)– For the first time scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) have identified that bacteria on sponges are harvesting phosphorus from the water for the reef ecosystem to use for nourishment. The findings were published in the February 23 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read the full story »