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Faculty research reveals what really happens to coral in a marine heatwave

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Associate Professor Bill Leggat’s research reveals that marine heatwaves are a bigger threat to coral reefs that previously thought.

The study, lead by Associate Professor Leggat, shows for the first time what really happens to corals during marine heatwaves and reveals that it’s not just the coral animals that are affected but that their skeletons start to decay within weeks too. This means that the 3D framework which provides home to many other animals on the reef is also at risk.

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