One person's happy accident has brought new hope for the recovery of coral reefs around the world.
Dr. David Vaughn encountered a groundbreaking discovery when he worked with coral at Motta's marine lab in Florida, trying to remove corals from a tank bottom when he broke into a dozen pieces.
For his shock, all regrew parts of the same size only three short weeks, compared to three years it took to grow the original coral.
Typically, it takes coral reefs between 25 and 75 years to reach sexual maturity. This means that it can only take 6 years to plant 600 coral – but Vaughn's process of breaking coral for reproduction, which is called "micro-fragmented", helps them grow 40 times faster than they do in nature.
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Moreover, their tests have shown that it works with all kinds of coral species found in the Florida reef.
In fact, the method is so effective, researchers report to produce coral faster than they can get tanks to hold them.
Vaughan's team is now planning to plant 100,000 coral reefs on the Florida Reef route by 2019. The researchers also plan to share their method with conservation around the world so that they can collectively plant a million coral in the coming years.
(Watch BBC exciting interview below)
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