Great Barrier Reef, coral IVF

The Great Barrier Reef if Australia is in trouble and during the past some years, mass bleaching events which include a single heat wave and can lead to the loss of about 29 percent of the reef’s coral. As per the scientists, they think that they might have found a solution and can suggest that it could work and they are calling it coral IVF.

According to Peter Harrison, who is the Ph.D. and the director of the Marine Ecology Research Center present at Southern Cross University in Australia and also the lead author of the project said that they had seen the results.  Peter along with his colleagues have test reefs at Heron Island and One Tree Island which is present off the coast of Queensland along with the millions of coral larvae which was 18 months ago.

The recent study shows that there is major in an increase in the numbers of new coral growing there. Harrison said that the clear outcome is higher at the numbers of larvae and it has put into the reef system and the coral recruits. This study which was done at small scales is giving us hope that we will be able to scale this up with much larger reef scales.

To conduct the coral IVF, the annual coral spawning event has collected millions of coral sperm and eggs, and they then grew the garments into coral larvae, and they have redistributed them into the reef. As per the scientist, it has given coral a much higher rate of successful latching into the reef than floating spawn, and it would have left to its own.

The old results show that the IVF was working to save Great Barrier Reef and the lab-grown larvae will colonize the reef. But it will grow to the reproductive maturity, and it increases the number of new larvae that can reproduce and can help it grow more coral.


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