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Barrier Reef rescue plan checks Red Sea corals

Barrier Reef rescue plan checks Red Sea corals

Updated 8 November 2012, 9:57 AEDT

As concerns grow for the future of Australia's Great Barrier Reef scientists are taking conservation to a molecular level.

A world-first research project will compare the DNA of coral in the warm, salty Red Sea in the Middle East to species living on the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists say the study will show which species of coral are more resilient to climate change and those that are more vulnerable to help focus conservation efforts.

Presenter: Stephanie Smail

Speakers: Michael Berumen, Professor of Marine Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia; Russell Reichelt, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

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