Designer corals shine a bright light on the future of coral reefs

Madeleine J. H. van Oppen, Patrick Buerger

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Coral reefs are in rapid decline due to climate change, which causes marine heat waves. We cultured the microalgae that live inside the coral tissue under high temperature for four years. When we reintroduced the heat-evolved microalgae into coral, some of these “designer” corals showed increased tolerance to heat. Such coral may be used to help coral reefs survive until climate warming is halted.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationThe Science Breaker
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Coral bleaching
  • Coral Reefs
  • Climate Change
  • Adaptation


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