Focus on heat resistant coral

Lace Coral (Stylaster spp.)In a recent study to investigate which factors are most influential in coral resilience with respect to global warming, researcher Tim McLanahan and colleagues suggest that by far the most important factor is the ability of corals to withstand higher temperatures. Factors most influential in driving recovery of corals following an environmental insult are their recruitment rates and the abundance of macroalgae. From the multiple biological and physical factors they looked at, 11 were found to be particularly useful and might form the basis of a more useful coral reef assessment tool in the future. Should we try to focus our limited resources on identifying and protecting those corals already most resistant to temperature change and give up on the rest?

Read the original article online in PLOS One

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