Researchers successfully breed threatened coral species to full sexual maturity

1 February 2016

Mark Vermeij and Valerie Chamberland (UvA-AMB) are among the researchers that have for the first time successfully raised laboratory-bred colonies of the critically endangered Caribbean coral species elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) to sexual maturity.

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam, SECORE International and the Carmabi Marine Research Station have for the first time successfully raised laboratory-bred colonies of the critically endangered Caribbean coral species elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) to sexual maturity. This event marks the first ever successful rearing of such a Caribbean coral species to its reproductive age. The researchers’ findings are published in the latest issue of the scientific journal 'Bulletin of Marine Science'.

Publication details

Chamberland, VF; Petersen, D; Latijnhouwers, KRW; Snowden, S; Mueller, B and Vermeij, MJA. 2016. Four-year-old Caribbean Acropora colonies reared from field-collected gametes are sexually mature. Bulletin of Marine Science. doi: 10.5343/bms.2015.1074.

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