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Trawl of Red Sea surface waters finds little plastic

Trawl of Red Sea surface waters finds little plastic

Trawl of Red Sea surface waters finds little plastic

KAUST Professor/Director of the Red Sea Research Center, Carlos Duarte, and his student Cecilia Martin were part of a team that measured the amount of plastic debris in the Red Sea during sea voyages in 2016-2017. They found that the quantity of plastic in the Red Sea was quite low, which they attribute to there being no consistent inflow from a river and to plastics collecting in corals and mangroves. Read more >>> Read more

Ancient viral genes may give corals a new lease on life

Ancient viral genes may give corals a new lease on life

Ancient viral genes may give corals a new lease on life

KAUST Assistant Professor of marine science Manuel Aranda, his postdoc Jit Ern Chen and Phd student Guoxin Cui conducted analyses to find out which genes turn on or off when Symbiodinium is exposed to heat stress. Symbiodinium is the unicellular alga that provides its coral host with the photosynthetic products it needs to survive, while the coral host provides nutrients for the alga. Read more >>> Read more

Welcome RSRC Faculty new member Prof. Daffonchio and his team

Welcome RSRC Faculty new member Prof. Daffonchio and his team

Welcome RSRC Faculty new member Prof. Daffonchio and his team

Prof. Daniele Daffonchio and his team joined RSRC. Professor Daffonchio's research interests are in the microbial ecology of complex ecosystems in conventional and extreme aquatic and terrestrial habitats. His research is spanning from basic aspects of microbial ecology through the application of synthetic ecology approaches to applied aspects for the environmental protection and sustainability of agriculture. Read more >>> Read more
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