How Fish Poop Might Help Corals Overcome Bleaching

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  • Researchers from Rice Univeristy have found that the feces of coral-eating fish are full of algae species which can develop symbiotic relationships with coral.
  • The role of fish as symbiont dispersers could be significant in dictating how a coral reef recovers in response to climate change.
  • By eating the more resilient algae from unbleached corals, those fishes might help spread heat-resistant symbionts around the reef.

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