lab grown corals reproducing in wild

4-year old elkhorn coral outplanted to the reef. Photo: SECORE

4-year old elkhorn coral outplanted to the reef. Photo: SECORE

For the first time lab grown corals have integrated and reproduced with with a wild population. In 2011 SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) reared endangered elkhorn coral from field collected gametes and then replanted them in 2012. Four years later these corals have grown to soccer ball size and reproduced, simultaneously with the natural population. “This event marks the first ever successful rearing of a threatened Caribbean coral species to its reproductive age.”

more information at secore.org

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