Rat Infestation Takes a Toll on Nearby Coral Reefs

Scientists are rushing to create new “evolution assisted” coral that can survive in hotter waters. Is messing with nature the path to survival, or too dangerous to contemplate? On a recent July night in the water near a tiny island off the coast of Oahu, a group of divers watched through the glow of red headlamps as corals spawned, the coral equivalent of group sex. Tiny eggs and sperm streamed upward like champagne bubbles, and the divers–biologists from the Gates Coral Lab at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology–used nets to capture some of them to bring back to the lab.Read Full Story

Rat Infestation Takes a Toll on Nearby Coral Reefs

A study shows that by killing off seabirds on islands, rodents slash the flow of nutrients into the ocean.

Thu 12 Jul 18 from The Scientist

Killing rats could save coral reefs

Threatened coral reefs can be protected by eradicating destructive rats that have invaded tropical islands, scientists say.

Wed 11 Jul 18 from BBC News

Bird poop helps keep coral reefs healthy, but rats are messing that up

Eradicating invasive rats from islands may help boost numbers of seabirds, whose droppings provide nutrients to nearby coral reefs.

Wed 11 Jul 18 from ScienceNews

Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs

Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral reefs, according to an international team of scientists.

Wed 11 Jul 18 from Phys.org

Rats on remote tropical islands could destroy coral reefs

Experts studied the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean and found fish get a boost because guano acts as a fertiliser which enriches the ocean and encourages seaweed and algae to grow. ...

Wed 11 Jul 18 from Daily Mail

Rats are devastating coral reefs — but there’s also some good news

This could be a game changer for protecting some coral reefs.

Wed 11 Jul 18 from ZME Science

Scientists are speeding up evolution to build climate change resistance

Scientists are rushing to create new “evolution assisted” coral that can survive in hotter waters. Is messing with nature the path to survival, or too dangerous to contemplate? On ...

Wed 18 Jul 18 from Fastcompany Tech

Invasive rats harm reefs by robbing coral of nutritious bird excrement

Rats have a surprising impact on the health of reefs. The invasive rodents not only disrupt online ecosystems, but harm surrounding marine ecosystems, too.

Fri 13 Jul 18 from UPI

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