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First steps to deep-sea coral restoration

First steps to deep-sea coral restoration

When people think of coral reefs, they usually imagine warm, shallow tropical waters; not cold, dark deep ocean waters. But there are coral reefs living in the dark at the bottom of the ocean as well. They are hard to access and not as vibrant as their warm-water relatives, still they harbor almost as many species and serve as nursery grounds for many commercially important fish [1]. These...

Colorful Coral Gardens that Flourish Entirely out of Our Sight 

Colorful Coral Gardens that Flourish Entirely out of Our Sight 

With the ability of building complex 3D habitats, corals as sessile animals harbor high levels of biodiversity, similar to plants on land. While iconic ecosystems like tropical coral reefs and seagrass meadows occur in light-flooded zones of the ocean, deep coral assemblages populate oceanic regions where light is scarce or even absent, and therefore remain entirely out of sight. Together with...

Probiotics for Golden Kelp

Probiotics for Golden Kelp

The team at Ghent University wants to boost restoration efforts for golden kelp by supplementing juvenile kelps with probiotics.

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