Corals Are Already Adapting To Global Warming, Scientists Say
(Click to enlarge) A new study shows that some corals, like these along the Northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, have the genes to adapt to warmer oceans.
(Credit: Line K Bay/Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, and humans can help to spread these genes, a team of scientists from The University of Texas at Austin, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Oregon State University have found.
(From ScienceDaily) — The discovery has implications for many reefs now threatened by global warming and shows for the first time that mixing and matching corals from different latitudes may boost reef survival. The findings were published this week in the journal Science.
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