After a chance discovery in the lab, this team used IVF to make hundreds of coral babies for restoration projects in New South Wales. So far the IVF babies are doing well in the wild.
Many researchers are exploring high-tech ways to help reefs survive the climate crisis. But low-tech solutions like manually pulling out seaweed have a place too.
This knowledge is particularly important if we want to help reefs recover devastating events such as mass bleaching and cyclones.
Beavers dramatically change a landscape by building dams that create ponds of still water.
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Restoring entire ecosystems is a difficult and expensive process. Thankfully, certain species, called ecosystem engineers, can make restoration easier. Gaining social and political support is critical too.
By playing the sounds of healthy reefs, we can draw oysters back to the barrens where their reefs once stood.
Playing the sounds of the sea can attract lost baby oysters to join the restoration of oyster reefs.
Sexual reproduction helps keep coral colonies diverse and resilient. Now, scientists are doing it in a lab to restock flagging reefs.
Climate-driven ocean warming threatens healthy coral reefs, like this one in Hawaii.
Hundreds of organizations are working around the world to restore damaged coral reefs. New research shows that rapid ocean warming threatens these efforts.
A new study found shallow water corals with high temperature tolerance in their DNA. Could they make reefs more resilient to climate change?
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Coral reefs get a lot of attention, but the world has lost almost all of its vital oyster reefs in the last few centuries.
The GBR Foundation fills a gap in funding research that might be seen as too much of a risk by other agencies.
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Federal Labor has pledged to withdraw the A$443 million given to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. But the foundation’s decisions are led by science, and free of undue influence, its chief scientist says.