Research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that feeding on zooplankton by scleractinian corals has been greatly underestimated.
|Written by Tim Wijgerde|
Understanding coral genetics, that is the science which deals with studying coral genes and their functions, has important implications. Understanding coral bleaching, growth and the genes which regulate these processes help us to understand nature.
Genetics can also be used for diagnosing coral reef health, infere relationships between coral colonies and for understanding why animals such as corals can regenerate all of their tissues after inflicted damage. This last fact may be very important as corals are now being used to study stem cells for future therapeutic purposes.
Learn about coral genes in this section!