There is evidence that this chemical, which is released in large volumes into the environment from treatment plants world wide, may contribute to coral bleaching. Pollack conducted experiments exposing several species of tropical, reef-building corals (Genus Pocillopora, Acropora, and Montipora) to various concentrations of caffeine in order to determine whether loss of zooxanthellae occurs. These trials were conducted at UCI with coral fragments provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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Last updated October 19 2011