Lime juice and vinegar injections as a cheap and natural alternative to control COTS outbreaks

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2015
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[EL]
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Open access article available online
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16 p.
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41398
Lime juice and vinegar injections as a cheap and natural alternative to control COTS outbreaks
Abstract: 

Outbreaks of the corallivorous crown-of-thorns seastar Acanthaster planci (COTS) represent one of the greatest disturbances to coral reef ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific, affecting not only coral reefs but also the coastal communities which rely on their resources. While injection approaches are increasingly used in an attempt to control COTS densities, most of them display severe drawbacks including logistical challenges, high residual environmental impacts or low cost-effectiveness. We tested a new alternative control method based upon acidic injections of cheap, 100% natural products. We investigated the lethal doses, intraand inter-specific disease transmission and immune responses of COTS when injected with

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No
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81733