Rat Infestation Takes a Toll on Nearby Coral Reefs

Rats exact a punishing toll on island seabird colonies, decimating their numbers as they eat the birdsí eggs and young. Research has shown that fewer birds, and fewer bird droppings, mean that ecosystems on these islands donít have the same diversity and quantity of life. But until now, our understanding of the impact that rats […]

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 ó but thereís also some good news

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

Wed 11 Jul 18 from ZME Science

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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