Corals help their offspring adapt to climate change
Today’s Video of the Day from the University of Southern California reveals that coral reefs can pass along protective symbionts to the next generation as a way to cope with stress.
Corals form beneficial, or symbiotic, relationships with the algae colonies inside their cells.
For the first time, scientists have discovered that corals pass these organisms along to their offspring to help them survive global warming and other stressors.
“What we’re finding is that corals can pass their shuffled complement of algal partners, or symbionts, to their offspring to bestow a potential survival advantage, and that’s a new discovery,” said Professor Carly Kenkel.
“We care about this because coral reefs do so much for us. A reef provides breakwater for storms, fish protein people need and biodiversity we love and find beautiful.”
The study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Video Credit: University of Southern California