Coral reefs with better access to food are more resilient


Today’s Video of the Day from EurekAlert features a new study that is changing our understanding of how coral reefs may be able to survive climate change.

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have found that corals may be more resilient in highly productive waters where they take full advantage of increased food availability.

Michael Fox is the lead author of the study, which is published in Current Biology.

“This paper is the first to provide robust evidence for such a simple premise – that corals eat more where there is more food,” said Fox. “It’s quite shocking that it’s something research hasn’t focused on, as we tend to think of corals more as plants instead of animals.”

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: EurekAlert

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