Corals in the Red Sea naturally survive at higher temperatures than those same coral species on the Great Barrier Reef. Why?
The secret could be in their genes.
Sea-quence is a world-first project to unlock the genetic secrets of corals in the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea.
The information revealed from sequencing the genomes of 10 reef-building corals, together with their zooxanthellae and associated microbes (bacteria and viruses), will bridge a vast gap in current knowledge. It will fast track answers to critical questions such as: are corals able to adapt to changing environments; how quickly can they adapt; and what can be done to help them adapt?