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OCEAN: Saving Corals

The Economist

February 2017

With the world's corals at risk of extinction, scientists are using cutting-edge technology to try to save these planetary treasures.

Coral Catastrophe: The Fight to Save Our Dying Reefs

TechKnow: Al Jazeera News

November 2016

A team of scientists are using assisted evolution to grow "super coral" that can withstand climate change.

Corals in Vitro

Decouverte Television

October 2016

Coral reefs are severely threatened by global warming. In Australia and Hawaii, two researchers decided to join forces to save these valuable marine ecosystems. Their solution is audacious, even risky. It consists in creating, in the laboratory, hybrid corals and "genetically improved" corals capable of surviving in the inhospitable waters of the future.

Coral Bleaching

ABC TV Catalyst

October 2016

This summer, large parts of the Great Barrier Reef saw the hottest sea temperatures and the most severe coral bleaching ever recorded - so before the next impact hits, scientists are racing against time to understand the demise of reefs and the prospects for their recovery. Catalyst explores the lethal threat of bleaching to the Great Barrier Reef, and the challenges we all face to protect this global treasure.

Assisted Evolution - Can "Super Corals" Help Save Reefs?

WWF Fuller Symposium - 2 Degrees Later: Resilience in a Changing World

 November 2016

Dr. Ruth Gates’ presentation at the 2016 WWF Fuller Symposium around innovation that is changing the way we do our work in the age of climate change focuses on her research using selective breeding to create hardier corals to withstand higher ocean temperatures and bleaching events. Dr. Gates discusses her studies of the biological mechanisms that allow some corals to fare better than others and how she sequences their genomes to pin point the genes that best equip corals for the rigors of climate change. She emphasizes the importance of collaborations and reaching out to practitioners for common goals and activities to build networks. She also discusses the criticism her work has received and why it is important to engage in these provocative discussions.

Super Corals — For the Future
American Museum of Natural History Science Bulletins
January 2016