Smith, G. W. University of South Carolina Aiken,
Ritchie, K. B. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill,

Protocols were developed for investigating the cause(s) of a number of coral reef invertebrate diseases. Initial microscopic comparisons of healthy with diseased tissue were made. This was coupled with appropriate microbial strain isolations and grouping, using carbon source utilization patterns. Isolates unique to diseased samples were tested for their ability to cause disease signs in healthy tissue. Preliminary identification of putative pathogens was then determined by sequencing the 16S or 18S ribosomal small subunit genes. Using this protocol, a number of diseases were identified. Identified diseases include; aspergillosis of sea-fans, a number of bacterial diseases of scleractinian corals and a bacterial disease of sea urchins.
Day: Thursday, Feb. 4
Time: 11:00 - 11:15am
Location: Sweeney Center
Code: SS10TH1100S