By Agence France-Presse
A team of scientists in & # 39; FS succeeded in reproducing coral in a lab setting for the first time ever, an encouraging step in & # 39; a race for & # 39; America & # 39; s Great Barrier Reef & # 39; off the coast of Florida.
Researchers at the Florida Aquarium Conservation Center were able to reproduce endangered Atlantic Pillar Coral via induced spawning, a development that could eventually prevent the extinction of the Florida Reef Treaty.
"This huge breakthrough was the first time we spotted Atlantic corals in a lab that we haven't had in our greenhouses for more than a year," Amber Whittle, the aquarium's director of conservation, told AFP Monday.
"It has been done before in the Horniman Museum in London with Pacific corals, never with Atlantic corals, and the Pillar Coral that we have spawned is a very endangered species."
The Florida Aquarium and the Horniman Museum began working together in 2015 on induced reproduction techniques.
Reproduction was achieved by imitating the & # 39; conditions of & # 39; a natural environment of corals, including sunshine, sun rays, lunar phases, water temperature and quality.
Florida corals are rapidly disappearing due to climate change and a destructive tissue disease that didn & # 39; t in 2014 & # 39; e southeastern state appeared.
Scientists hope to reproduce healthy corals and replenish the reefs through this technique.