News tagged with sea urchins

Sea urchins—from pest to plate

It is one of the most valued seafood products and destroys kelp forests worth millions of NOK. Can sea urchin harvest be profitable? This is the subject of a project led by the Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA). ...

dateAug 10, 2017 in Ecology
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Making spines from sea water

Some sea creatures cover themselves with hard shells and spines, while vertebrates build skeletons out of the same minerals. How do these animals get the calcium they need to build these strong mineral structures? Professors ...

dateApr 06, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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Are tiny grazers the new hope for Caribbean reefs?

Thirty years ago a mysterious disease wiped out long-spined black sea urchins across the Caribbean, leading to massive algal overgrowth that smothered already overfished coral reefs. Now, marine biologists at the Smithsonian ...

dateJan 05, 2017 in Environment
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