Will the rise of sponges rescue reef systems
Posted on: Sun 11 Nov 2018
Coral reefs across the world have been altered dramatically in recent decades. Human activity has contributed to massive coral die-offs in tropical oceans.
The degradation of reef-building corals is expected to worsen under trends, but most reef sponges are showing enough resilience to tolerate climate conditions projected for 2100.
To examine the role of sponge reefs Des Lawrence speaks to Nicole Webster, Principal Research Scientist, at the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
Produced by Des Lawrence
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