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The structure of kelp forests provide a unique habitat vital to marine biodiversity, new research shows. Photo by UCSB

Underwater forests threatened by future climate change, new study finds

In humans, it has been observed that changes in the microbes in the gut can result in poor health. A similar process happens in kelp. Predicted ocean warming and acidification can change microbes on the kelp surface, leading to disease and potentially putting fisheries at risk.

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