Black band disease is an infectious illness that can kill coral tissue. It spreads quickly, especially in the warm shallow waters of the Florida Keys and Caribbean.
The disease leaves a dark band across healthy coral, eats its tissue and leaves behind bare skeleton.
Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and their partners have been developing treatments to help preserve coral reefs worldwide.
WUSF's Cathy Carter recently spoke about the work with Erinn Muller, Mote Marine's Coral Health & Disease research program manager.
Click HERE to read more.