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Mr. SaltwaterTank's interviews Dr. Kate Rawlinson about AEFW (plus call to action)

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Dr. Kate Rawlinson is doing pioneering research on Acropora-Eating-FlatWorm (Amakusaplana acroporae), a relatively newly discovered parasite of Acropora in both the wild and captive reefs. Mark Callahan talks to Dr. Rawlinson about AEFW for this really informative interview.

In the past decade, AEFW arose in our hobby seemingly out of the blue, threatening the health of many captive Acropora in hobbyists' aquariums.  Only last year did Dr. Rawlinson and her colleagues discover AEFW in the wild at Lizard Island, Australia, perhaps shedding light on how AEFW were introduced into the hobby (IE AEFW's prominence loosely coincides with the first import of Australian stoney corals in the early 2000s).

Dr. Rawlinson continues her research and has sought crowd-source funding to help further her research, which may lead to a cure.  If you'd like to contribute to the science (and we strongly encourage you to contribute what you can), follow this link.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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