February 16, 2019

PITY THE POOR MALTHUSIANS:

Man Postpones Retirement to Save Reefs After He Accidentally Discovers How to Make Coral Grow 40 Times Faster (McKinley Corbley, Dec 1, 2018, Good News Network)

Dr. David Vaughan stumbled upon the groundbreaking discovery as he was working with corals at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. He had been trying to remove a coral from the bottom of a tank when it broke into a dozen pieces.

To his shock, all of the pieces regrew to the same size in just three short weeks, as opposed to the three years it had taken to grow the original coral.

Ordinarily, it takes coral reefs between 25 to 75 years to reach sexual maturity. This means that it can take up to 6 years just to plant 600 coral - but Vaughan's process of breaking up corals for reproduction, which is called "micro-fragmenting", helps them to grow 40 times faster than they do in the wild.

Furthermore, their tests showed that it works with every single species of coral found in the Florida Reef.

In fact, the method is so efficient, the researchers are reportedly producing coral faster than they can get tanks to hold them.



Posted by at February 16, 2019 9:06 AM

  

« YOUR NEXT CAR WILL BE A VOLT: | Main | ...AND CHEAPER...: »