Corals need relationship with just one algae not many | Pacific Beat

Corals need relationship with just one algae not many

Corals need relationship with just one algae not many

Updated 6 September 2012, 8:46 AEST

A new study of coral reefs and reef-building algae in French Polynesia has revealed a surprise finding.

Contrary to previous studies, researchers from the University of Hawaii found that corals which coped better to stress tended to rely on a symbiotic relationship with just one algae, rather than many.

The study was base on the complex of coral reefs and lagoons that surround the island of Moorea, in French Polynesia.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

Speaker:Dr Ruth Gates, Hawaiian Institute of Marine Biology

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