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About Yellow Band Disease

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Recently, scientists found that corals of eastern Thailand are getting affected by Yellow band Disease which is killing corals over vast stretches of the sea floor.

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About Yellow band Disease:

  • Yellow-band disease, which is known for its characteristic coloration of turning corals yellow before destroying them, was first observed several decades ago and has resulted in extensive damage to reefs.
  • There is currently no treatment available for this disease and once infected, the coral is unable to recover.
  •  Research suggests that factors such as overfishing, pollution, and increased water temperatures due to climate change may make reefs more susceptible to yellow-band disease.

-Source: The Hindu


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