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Genetics reveal that reef corals and their algae live together but evolve independently

June 10, 2014

Caribbean Elkhorn Coral 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 corals. The research could be used to decide which heat-tolerant corals to bring into nurseries, to grow and to replant back on the reef to restore healthy coral populations. Full Story

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