GEOMAR research on adaptation of cold-water corals to ocean acidification | POGO

GEOMAR research on adaptation of cold-water corals to ocean acidification

Are cold-water corals able to withstand ocean acidification? A long-term experiment carried out at the German Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) showed that the species Lophelia pertusa continues growth when exposed to CO2-induced ocean acidification. This unexpected finding is now published by GEOMAR scientists in “Global Change Biology”. In a new series of experiments, they will analyse how the corals react to combined changes in carbon dioxide concentration, temperature and food availability as projected to occur during the next decades to centuries. See press release attached.
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