A healthy coral reef, Hardy Reef in Queensland, Australia. Aerial view. When corals are of good health, they are known for their vibrant colors. Credit: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

Australia - Scientists successfully develop 'heat resistant' coral to fight bleaching

The team included researchers from CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Melbourne.

Corals with increased heat tolerance have the potential to reduce the impact of reef bleaching from marine heat waves, which are becoming more common under climate change.

"Coral reefs are in decline worldwide," CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBio FSP) science lead Dr. Patrick Buerger said.

"Climate change has reduced coral cover, and surviving corals are under increasing pressure as water temperatures rise and the frequency and severity of coral bleaching events increase."

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