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Sexual reproduction of corals: a synchronized nocturnal dance and its threats

Coral reproduction is a phenomenon that intrigues a large number of scientists, and it can be either by asexual or sexual means. In asexual reproduction,…

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Cold-water coral biodiversity: the case of coral mounds in the Alboran Sea

The first biological descriptions of cold-water coral bottoms took place in the mid-19th century [1]. At that time, tropical coral reefs were already well known…

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The unveiled mystery of cold water corals

Cold water corals have existed for millions of years and have colonized all the seas and oceans of the world. It is therefore not uncommon…

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The link between the skeleton of reef-building corals and past climatic ocean conditions

Scleractinian corals and reef formation Coral reefs’ structures are built thanks to the skeleton of Scleractinian corals. These corals begin their life cycle as motile…

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The roles of pigments in reef-building corals

The color of coral  The corals that inhabit the oceans fascinate and are admired for their vivid and diverse colors. The color that we perceive…

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An alga to the rescue of corals

It’s no longer a secret: climate change is drastically affecting our oceans, and especially their coral reefs. Following various episodes of increasing ocean temperatures, we…

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The feeding habits of reef-building coral Mussismilia hispida

  Autotrophy VS Heterotrophy An autotrophic organism is able to synthesize its own organic matter from inorganic mineral elements. If it uses the light energy…

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Coral reef recruitment on the Great Barrier Reef affected by global warming

During the last global bleaching event (2014-2017), portrayed as the most spectacular in terms of intensity, duration and extent, the Great Barrier Reef lost more…

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8 surprising facts about corals

In addition to being a food resource for more than 500 million people, a habitat for 25% of marine biodiversity, coastal protection in more than…

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Plastic – a novel cause of diseases in coral reefs

Durability is what best defines plastic. Convenient, lightweight, and offering good mechanical properties, plastic polymers have revolutionized our everyday lives since mass production began in…