Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we thought
Animals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study finds
It is a remarkable survivor of an ancient aquatic world – now a new study sheds light on how one of Earth's oldest reefs was formed.
Can coral save our oceans? Researchers discover soft coral tissue may help protect reefs
Coral reefs are home to a rich and diverse ecosystem, providing a habitat for a wide range of marine animals. But the increasing acidification of ocean water is jeopardizing the calcified foundations of these ...
Study grapples with ocean climate stress challenge
(Phys.org) —Researchers are struggling to solve the challenge of predicting climate change impacts on marine environments.
How the Great Barrier Reef survived colder temperatures
The Great Barrier Reef grew during the last ice age, even though the water temperatures were four to five degrees colder than today, a team of international scientists has found.
Corals could be cured using probiotic like Yakult
The research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, aimed to discover which microbes cause White Band Disease (WBD), which is killing corals in the Caribbean.
Genetics reveal that reef corals and their algae live together but evolve independently
New research reveals that Caribbean corals and the algae that inhabit them form a remarkably stable relationship—new knowledge that can serve as an important tool in preserving and restoring vital reef-building ...
New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory
Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the 'Neutral Theory of Biodiversity'. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool ...
Study shows jellyfish blooms can be predicted by calm trade winds
Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coast cities
Coral reefs are as good as concrete defences at protecting tropical coastal cities from rising seas but are far cheaper, scientists said in a study published on Tuesday.
Marine biologists discover unrecognized species diversity that masks some corals' ability to respond to climate change
Rising water temperatures due to climate change are putting coral reefs in jeopardy, but a surprising discovery by a team of marine biologists suggests that very similar looking coral species differ in how ...
More coral babies staying at home on future reefs
It seems that coral reefs are experiencing something their human counterparts have been for years – a shrinking "empty nest" syndrome.
Some corals adjusting to rising ocean temperatures, research says
To most people, 86-degree Fahrenheit water is pleasant for bathing and swimming. To most sea creatures, however, it's deadly. As climate change heats up ocean temperatures, the future of species such as coral, ...
Dying coral reefs threaten the livelihood of millions
Declining coral reef health is threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people living in the coastal tropics, according to a study by University of Queensland researchers.