Coral pathogen

Coral pathogen

Coral pathogen

Novel tools such as this GFP-labeled strain of the coral pathogen V. coralliilyticus (shown as a green aggregate) are being used to clarify the role of individual microbes in the onset and spread of coral diseases that have altered Caribbean coral reef ecosystems. A new Penn State research center will provide a focal point for the study of such communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere.

Image: F. Joseph Pollock, Medina Lab, Penn State