Mutually-assured destruction in heated coral-algae war

18 Mar 2019
The experiment began at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef, with scuba divers retrieving coral and algal fragments from the reef slope.

Global warming and acidifying oceans are creating an intense competition between coral and algae that both are set to lose.

University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences’ Dr Kristen Brown said it was previously thought that human-induced stressors like climate change would result in an algal takeover, but experiments conducted on the southern Great Barrier Reef have suggested otherwise.

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