Scientific discovery - new paper published
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.
The information revealed from sequencing the genomes of 9 reef-building corals, together with their zooxanthellae and associated microbes (bacteria and viruses), is bridging 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?
Access to this important data is freely available through the Reef Genomics open access database.