November 13, 2019

The etiology of white pox, a lethal disease of the Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata

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By Kathryn L. Patterson, James W. Porter, Kim B. Ritchie, Shawn W. Polson, Erich Mueller,Esther C. Peters, Deborah L. Santavy, and Garriet W. SmithPNAS June 25, 2002 99 (13) 8725-8730; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.092260099 Communicated by Eugene P. Odum, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (received for review December 12, 2001) Abstract Populations of the shallow-water Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, are being decimated by white pox disease, with losses of […]

Pandora joins the BRT Weekend tour with new station

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New York, NY- The largest Caribbean-party tour festival, Beach Road Trip (BRT) Weekend, has landed a station on music streaming powerhouse Pandora Internet Radio. The BRT Weekend station, will comprise of a playlist with the hottest reggae and soca artists, many of whom have or will be performing at a past or upcoming BRT weekend […]

Lionfish in the Caribbean: Destructive menace, delicious dinner

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By Mark Rogers, From USA TODAY Lionfish is an invasive species in the Caribbean that can devastate up to 80 percent of fish in a coral reef in a scant five weeks. In the Bahamas, The Cove, Paradise Island, chef José Andrés has joined forces with the resort’s Atlantis Blue Project Foundation to create a […]

In the Caribbean, queen conches are living on the edge

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By Bobby Bascomb From PRI The queen conch is a large marine mollusk with a beautiful shell that is prized for export. The gastropod inside the shell is featured on menus across the Caribbean. But the conch’s numbers are rapidly dwindling, and researchers say action is needed to save them. In Key West, Florida, known […]

DEPRESSION STRENGTHENS INTO TROPICAL STORM PHILIPPE… …HEAVY RAINS OCCURRING OVER CENTRAL AND WESTERN CUBA AND SPREADING NORTHWARD ACROSS THE FLORIDA KEYS AND SOUTH FLORIDA

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From NHC Tropical Storm Philippe Discussion Number 5 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL182017 500 PM EDT Sat Oct 28 2017 Satellite images, radar data from Cuba and Key West, and surface observations indicate the depression has turned northward over the past few hours, and has also strengthened into a tropical storm. The initial […]

How Hurricane Irma became a monstrous, record-shattering storm, and stayed that way

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BY ANDREW FREEDMAN From Mashable Hurricane Irma is rewriting meteorological history as it tears across the Caribbean, swallowing islands in the process, destined for a not-so-welcome rendezvous with the Southeast coast of the U.S. The storm is tied for the 2nd-most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic, and has kept up an astonishing intensity […]

Florida Gov. Scott warns: Irma is ‘Bigger than Andrew’

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By Sandy Fitzgerald From Newsmax Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday urged residents of his state to “be as aggressive as we are” in planning for the approach of monster storm Hurricane Irma. “We’re going to have wind, rain, and storm surge,” Scott told ABC’s “Good Morning America” program. “We don’t know where it will hit, likely Fort […]

The US just greenlit the release of genetically modified moths

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By Kristen V. Brown | Gawker MediaFrom Gizmodo India Diamondback moths may be a mere half-inch in length, but their voracious appetite for Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower make them a major pain for farmers. This week, the U.S. Department of Agricultureapproved a potential solution: moths genetically engineered to contain a special gene that makes them gradually […]

Caribbean fish biodiversity shown to be linked to sea temperature

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From The Fish Site A study published today in the Journal of Biogeography has utilised “citizen science” to produce a new map of marine fish biodiversity across the Caribbean and beyond. The work, performed by scientists from Plymouth’s Marine Biological Association and Denmark’s Center for Macroecology, Evolution & Climate, studied a huge database collected by […]

Florida Keys move ahead with trial of self-limiting, gene-modified mosquitoes

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From Managed Care Trial targets the primary vector for Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses The Board of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has voted to approve the investigational agreement for use of self-limiting Friendly mosquitoes (Oxitec, Ltd.) in an effectiveness trial to fightAedes aegypti, the primary vector for such dangerous viruses as Zika, dengue, […]