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Ocean acidification puts deep-sea coral reefs at risk of collapse
Deep-sea coral reefs face challenges as changes to ocean chemistry triggered by climate change may cause their foundations to become brittle, a study suggests. (2020-09-17)
Can pumping up cold water from deep within the ocean halt coral bleaching?
Rising ocean temperatures cause marine heat waves, which place stress on living coral animals, as well as the photosynthetic algae on which they depend for energy. (2020-09-16)
Project Phoenix: DNA unlocks a new understanding of coral
A new study challenges more than 200 years of coral classification. (2020-09-14)
Shedding light on coral reefs
New research published in the journal Coral Reefs generates the largest characterization of coral reef spectral data to date. (2020-09-11)
Great Barrier Reef 'glue' at risk from ocean acidification
Scientists have suspected that increasing ocean acidity would weaken and thin the structures underpinning tropical reefs. (2020-09-02)
Novel technology for the selection of single photosynthetic cells
New research, published in the journal Science Advances, demonstrates how microfluidic technologies can be used to identify, isolate and propagate specific single photosynthetically active cells for fundamental industry applications and improved ecosystem understanding. (2020-09-02)
Warmer, acidifying ocean brings extinction for reef-building corals, renewal for relatives
A new study, published Aug. 31 in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, finds that reef-building corals emerged only when ocean conditions supported the construction of these creatures' stony skeletons, whereas diverse softer corals and sea anemones flourished at other times. (2020-08-31)
Ocean acidification causing coral 'osteoporosis' on iconic reefs
Scientists have long suspected that ocean acidification is affecting corals' ability to build their skeletons, but it has been challenging to isolate its effect from that of simultaneous warming ocean temperatures, which also influence coral growth. (2020-08-27)
UBCO researcher uses computer modelling to predict reef health
A UBC Okanagan researcher has developed a way to predict the future health of the planet's coral reefs. (2020-08-25)
New tool for identifying endangered corals could aid conservation efforts
A newly developed genotyping ''chip''--the first of its kind for corals--allows researchers to genetically identify corals and the symbiotic algae that live within the coral's cells, a vital step for establishing and maintaining genetic diversity in reef restoration efforts. (2020-08-25)
Nutrients make coral bleaching worse
Nutrients can aggravate the already negative effects of climate change on corals to trigger mass coral bleaching. (2020-08-21)
Native Hawaiian tiger cowries eat alien invasive species
Researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, have discovered the Hawaiian tiger cowrie is a voracious predator of sponges. (2020-08-18)
Surprising coral spawning features revealed
When stony corals have their renowned mass spawning events, in sync with the moon's cycle, colonies simultaneously release an underwater 'cloud' of sperm and eggs for fertilization. (2020-08-18)
Effects of nutrient pollution in marine ecosystems are compounded by human activity
Nutrient pollution in the oceans caused by human activity can significantly impact marine life. (2020-08-17)
Exact climate data from the past
Corals and cave carbonates can reveal the temperatures that prevailed at the Earth's surface at the time they formed. (2020-08-10)
Aquatic robots can remove contaminant particles from water
Scientists from WMG at the University of Warwick, led by Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, developed a 1cm by 1cm wireless artificial aquatic polyp, which can remove contaminants from water. (2020-08-10)
Joint ASU-Hawaii state study reveals long-term human impacts on reef fish
In a new study investigating human impacts on resource fish biomass on the Island of Hawai?i, researchers from the Arizona State University Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS) and Hawai'i Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) observed an alarming 45% decrease in fish biomass over a decade of surveys. (2020-08-05)
Coral reefs show resilience to rising temperatures
Rising ocean temperatures have devastated coral reefs all over the world, but a recent study in Global Change Biology has found that reefs in the Eastern Tropical Pacific region may prove to be an exception. (2020-07-23)
Crown-of-thorns enhance their growth by switching diets early
When juvenile crown-of-thorns starfish switch their diets from coralline algae to corals early after settlement, they exhibit enhanced growth rates for longer and will ultimately get much bigger. (2020-07-21)
Genetics could help protect coral reefs from global warming
The research provides more evidence that genetic-sequencing can reveal evolutionary differences in reef-building corals that one day could help scientists identify which strains could adapt to warmer seas. (2020-07-16)
Can high-quality coral genomes be used to predict bleaching events?
In a new approach to conservation genetics, researchers used a high-quality genome of the coral Acropora millepora, along with environmental data, to study this coral's variable responses to climate change, a trait of key conservation importance. (2020-07-16)
HKU study reveals the hidden fight within corals
Researchers from the School of Biological Sciences and Swire Institute of Marine Science at the University of Hong Kong are working to understand how the coral symbiosis may respond to global warming through changes in their microbiome, specifically their symbiotic algae. (2020-07-08)
Stress testing 'coral in a box'
Save the corals: Mobile rapid test to assess coral thermotolerance developed in an international collaboration with the University of Konstanz (2020-07-08)
A different slant of light
Giant clams manipulate light to assist their symbiotic partner. (2020-07-05)
Microscope allows gentle, continuous imaging of light-sensitive corals
Many corals are sensitive to bright light, so capturing their dynamics with traditional microscopes is a challenge. (2020-06-30)
Soft coral garden discovered in Greenland's deep sea
A deep-sea soft coral garden habitat has been discovered in Greenlandic waters by scientists from UCL, ZSL and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, using an innovative and low-cost deep-sea video camera built and deployed by the team. (2020-06-29)
Bleaching affects aquarium corals, too
A world-first study examines the temperature thresholds of Australian aquarium corals and finds they are at risk under climate change. (2020-06-29)
Jellyfish contain no calories, so why do they still attract predators?
New study shows that jellyfish are an important food source for many animals. (2020-06-24)
Dimethylsulfoniopropionate concentration in coral reef invertebrates
New research highlights the effect of benthic assemblages on the sulfur metabolism of coral and giant clam species. (2020-06-23)
Surprising growth rates discovered in world's deepest photosynthetic corals
New research published in the journal Coral Reefs revealed unexpectedly high growth rates for deep water photosynthetic corals. (2020-06-15)
Bacteria fed by algae biochemicals can harm coral health
A new study led by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and San Diego State University found that the outcome of the competition between coral and turf algae is determined by the assemblage of microbes at the interface where the contenders meet. (2020-06-02)
Big vegetarians of the reef drive fish evolution
New research finds fish diets, not geography, dictate how fast species evolve. (2020-06-01)
Report on New Caledonia's coral reefs offers a glimmer of hope for the future
The latest report from Global Reef Expedition scientists provides a promising assessment of coral reef health and resiliency in New Caledonia. (2020-06-01)
Cyclones can damage even distant reefs
Big and strong cyclones can harm coral reefs as far as 1000 kilometres away from their paths, new research shows. (2020-05-27)
Mysterious glowing coral reefs are fighting to recover
A new study by the University of Southampton has revealed why some corals exhibit a dazzling colorful display, instead of turning white, when they suffer 'coral bleaching' -- a condition which can devastate reefs and is caused by ocean warming. (2020-05-21)
How climate killed corals
A squad of climate-related factors is responsible for the massive Australian coral bleaching event of 2016. (2020-05-18)
Scientists successfully develop 'heat resistant' coral to fight bleaching
A team of scientists has successfully produced in a laboratory setting a coral that is more resistant to increased seawater temperatures. (2020-05-13)
Severe coral loss leaves reefs with larger fish but low energy turnover
Research on the Great Barrier Reef has found severe coral loss to be associated with substantial increases in the size of large, long-living herbivorous fish. (2020-05-06)
Long-term consequences of coastal development as bad as an oil spill on coral reefs
Oil pollution is known to cause lethal and sublethal responses on coral communities in the short-term, but its long-term effects have not been widely studied. (2020-04-29)
Warming climate undoes decades of knowledge of marine protected areas
A new study highlights that tropical coral reef marine reserves can offer little defence in the face of climate change impacts. (2020-04-24)
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