A coral sex milestone: Lab-grown and replanted corals to spawn in the Florida Keys

A coral sex milestone: Lab-grown and replanted corals to spawn in the Florida Keys

MIAMI — Not long after the August full moon, Florida’s reefs are the scene of an annual show of sexual reproduction called the coral spawn, with coral colonies releasing masses of tiny white, pink and orange spheres into the ocean.This year, for the first time, corals raised by scientists in a lab and transplanted to the natural reefs are primed to join the spawn — a promising milestone for ongoing efforts to restore the ravaged reef systems off South Florida.“This is really amazing because we had no idea what to expect when we planted these corals five years ago,” said Hanna Koch, a coral rep...


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