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Research Article

Macroalgae Has No Effect on the Severity and Dynamics of Caribbean Yellow Band Disease

  • Ivana Vu,

    Affiliation: Department of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Gillian Smelick,

    Affiliation: Department of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Sam Harris,

    Affiliation: Department of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Sarah C. Lee,

    Affiliation: Department of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Ernesto Weil,

    Affiliation: Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Lajas, Puerto Rico, United States of America

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  • Robert F. Whitehead,

    Affiliation: Center for Marine Science, The University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • John F. Bruno mail

    jbruno@unc.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Published: February 18, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004514

About the Authors

Ivana Vu, Gillian Smelick, Sam Harris, Sarah C. Lee, John F. Bruno
Department of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America
Ernesto Weil
Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Lajas, Puerto Rico, United States of America
Robert F. Whitehead
Center for Marine Science, The University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: jbruno@unc.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: IV GS SH SCL EW JFB. Performed the experiments: IV GS SH SCL EW JFB. Analyzed the data: IV GS RFW JFB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GS EW RFW JFB. Wrote the paper: IV GS SH EW RFW JFB.