[Coral-List] Scientists Fast-Track the Evolution of the Great Barrier Reef's Corals

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 17:30:05 EDT 2015

Thanks, Tracy!
      This is related to what Austin is suggesting with killing COTS, which
would save more of the corals that survive bleaching events.
      Another way to do this would be to tag unbleached corals of species
that are otherwise bleached during bleaching events.  Then once corals have
recovered well, take fragments from the heat-tolerant corals that were
tagged, and propagate them and plant them out in areas with good water.
You can only do that if there is a bleaching event.
      Another name for "assisted evolution" might be "selective breeding",
which people have been doing with domestic animals and plants for many
millennia, and which Darwin used as a model of how evolution works in his
famous book, "The Origin of Species."
     Cheers,  Doug

On Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 7:57 AM, Tracy Gill - NOAA Federal <
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