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Ocean warming is threatening coral reefs globally, with persistent thermal stress events degrading coral reefs worldwide, but a new study has found that corals at or near the equator are affected less than corals elsewhere. [...]
Wed, Mar 20, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
'Great Dying' extinction survivors appear to have shared many of the same ecological roles as their predecessors, with one catch -- there was a surge in the number of individuals with more modern traits. These hardy stand-outs did a better job of driving recovery, making ongoing ecological interactions more intense. Insights into this ancient marine system and its occupants can help guide modern conservation in identifying Earth's most resilient species in the face of environmental stress. [...]
Thu, Mar 14, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Using a combination of advanced satellite imaging and over 20 years of coral monitoring across the Reef, a team of researchers has found that chronic exposure to poor water quality is limiting the recovery rates of corals across wide swaths of the Great Barrier Reef. [...]
Mon, Mar 11, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Marine scientists examining the ecological status of coral reefs across the Indian and Pacific oceans have uncovered an unsettling fact: even the best coral reef marine parks contain less than half of the fish biomass found in the most remote reefs that lie far from human settlements. [...]
Thu, Mar 07, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Ecologists and local fishing populations may perceive major environmental shifts in fundamentally different ways. [...]
Thu, Mar 07, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
The health of coral reefs can be impacted as much by the diversity of fish that graze on them as by the amount of fish that do so, according to a new study. In the paper, the researchers untangle and unveil the powerful effects that biodiversity has on Caribbean coral reefs. [...]
Wed, Mar 06, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
How can a species split into several new species if they still live close to each other and are able to interbreed? Using a group of Caribbean reef fishes as a model system, a team of scientists has found that natural selection can couple the evolution of genes for vision and color pattern. [...]
Mon, Mar 04, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
New research confirms that drastic changes in ocean salinity from, for example, severe freshwater flooding, as recently experienced off the coast of north-east Queensland from abnormal monsoonal conditions, provoke a similar stress response in corals as extreme heating, resulting in 'freshwater bleaching' and if unabated, coral death. [...]
Thu, Feb 28, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Severe weather and environmental disturbances, such as cyclones or thermal coral bleaching, affect specific areas of coral reefs differently, new research has shown. [...]
Fri, Feb 22, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
A new study uses environmental, socioeconomic and management data from 30 Caribbean islands to identify which communities may be most at risk from the social and ecological effects of coral bleaching, which occurs when warm water causes coral polyps to expel algae living in their tissue. The analysis shows that independent island nations, such as Cuba and Jamaica, may be less vulnerable to coral bleaching than island territories like Saint Barthélemy. [...]
Thu, Feb 21, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
A new study reports that protecting coral reefs from fishing and pollution does not help coral populations cope with climate change. The study also concludes that ocean warming is the primary cause of the global decline of reef-building corals and that the only effective solution is to immediately and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Scientists surveyed deep-sea seamounts outside Isla del Coco UNESCO World Heritage site revealing coral communities with surprising diversity. [...]
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
A team of marine scientists had uncovered toxic bacteria living on the surfaces of microplastics (which are pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters in size) collected from the coastal areas of Singapore. These bacteria are capable of causing coral bleaching, and triggering wound infections in humans. The team also discovered a diversity of bacteria, including useful organisms - such as those that can degrade marine pollutants like hydrocarbons - in the plastic waste. [...]
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Climate change could lead to declines of underwater kelp forests through impacts on their microbiome. New research has found predicted ocean warming and acidification can change microbes on the kelp surface, leading to disease and potentially putting fisheries at risk. [...]
Wed, Feb 06, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Corals lurking in deeper, darker waters could one day help to replenish shallow water reefs under threat from ocean warming and bleaching events, according to researchers. They examined corals from the ocean's 'twilight zone' at depths below 30 meters. [...]
Wed, Feb 06, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily