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Cement, the Glue That Holds Oyster Families Together

Posted Aug 23 2010 2:01pm

Illustration showing how oysters build their reefs using a specialized cement.

Oyster reefs are on the decline, with over-harvesting and pollution reducing some stocks as much as 98 percent over the last two centuries.

With a growing awareness of oysters' critical roles filtering water, preventing erosion, guarding coasts from storm damage, and providing habitat for other organisms, researchers have been investigating how oyster reefs form in order to better understand the organisms and offer potential guidance to oyster re-introduction projects.

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