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Tiny Polyps Need Two Kinds of Carbon to Survive Coral Bleaching

March 3, 2008

Andrea Grottoli How well ocean reefs recover from the growing damage caused by warming sea temperatures depends both on how much the tiny coral polyps can eat, and how healthy they can keep the microscopic algae that live inside their bodies. New research may change the way scientists look at this symbiotic partnership, shifting it from a case where the polyps function only as landlords, to one where the tiny creatures actually nurture their algae. Full Story

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