Scienziati di Miami, gli studenti stanno cercando di sviluppare barriere coralline ibride

Il team della Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmosferico, e Earth Science era in missione per raccogliere uova e sperma dalla deposizione delle uova di corallo staghorn, which they hope to use to fertilize other strains of staghorn corals in a lab.

It’s all part of a $ 7.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help address security threats to the military and civilian infrastructure along vulnerable coastal regions in Florida and the Caribbean.

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER STUNNING 310-MILE CORAL REEF CORRIDOR IN GULF OF MEXICO

The Miami-based project seeks to protect coastal bases from damaging hurricane storm surge using hybrid reefs.

University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science students Devon Ledbetter, 21, sinistra, and Avery Boals, 21, mix an epoxy glue to attach pieces of coral to a reef. The students want to create new coral that will later be transplanted to help repopulate part of the Florida Reef Tract.

University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science students Devon Ledbetter, 21, sinistra, and Avery Boals, 21, mix an epoxy glue to attach pieces of coral to a reef. The students want to create new coral that will later be transplanted to help repopulate part of the Florida Reef Tract. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee)

AL DI SOPRA DI 90% OF GREAT BARRIER REEF CORAL STUDIED THIS YEAR WAS BLEACHED

Our mission is to develop hybrid reefs that combine the wave-protection benefits of artificial structures with the ecological benefits of coral reefs,” said Andrew Baker, a professor and director of the Coral Reef Futures Lab at the Rosenstiel School. “We will be working on next generation structural designs and concrete materials, and integrating them with novel ecological engineering approaches to help foster the growth of corals on these structures.

They will also be testing new adaptive biology approaches to produce corals that are faster-growing and more resilient to a warming climate, Egli ha detto.

RARE CORAL REEF IN PRISTINE CONDITION FOUND IN DEEP WATERS NEAR TAHITI

Coral spawns just a few nights every year, depending on water temperature and lunar cycle, coral colonies simultaneously release their eggs and sperm into the water column, which fertilize one another to create baby coral.

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