''Inspired by the work of Professor Madeleine van Oppen'' -- title page verso.Contents noteL Zobi and the zoox -- The science behind the story -- A simple guide to the coral Contents note:symbiosis -- A map of Darian, the coral polyp -- How small are the characters? -- All corals great and small -- Darian in detail -- Energy from the sun -- The zoox -- Bringing nitrogen to life -- Zobi the Rhizobia -- Cy the cyanobacteria -- Mucus is a matter of microbes and molecules -- Coral bleaching -- Can diversity save the Reef? -- Glossary-- Symbiosis on the reef.Summary:This is a story about coral bleaching, told by the tiniest creatures on the reef. With her home under threat from a warming ocean, Zobi, a brave rhizobia bacterium, teams up with a family of slow but steady zoox (zooxanthellae). As the coral bleaches, everyone begins to starve . . . Can Zobi and the zoox work together to save the day? This beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, set on the Great Barrier Reef, was originally published in 2015, but has been extensively re-written and revised to delight and captivate primary-school aged readers. "Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching" is the first in the new Small Friends Books series - Stories of Partnership and Cooperation in Nature.