Is successful reproduction of coral reefs threatened?

An international team of scientists has recently adopted a ‘consensus statement’ which assesses the current state of knowledge, and identifies knowledge gaps on coral reef physiology and reproduction. Successful reproduction processes in corals are essential to maintain, renew and restore coral colonies. However, these processes are highlysensitive to various environmental stressors (including impacts of climate change) and these stresses tend to divert their energy away from growth and reproduction. The statement aims to draw attention internationally on this worrying trend, and calls for action at local levels to reduce these threats. The consensus statement is available in both English and French.

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