First Immortal Cell Line Cultured for Reef-Building Corals
First Immortal Cell Line Cultured for Reef-Building Corals
Lab-grown cells from the reef-building coral Acropora tenuis provide new opportunities to study bleaching, symbioses, and biomineralization.
First Immortal Cell Line Cultured for Reef-Building Corals
First Immortal Cell Line Cultured for Reef-Building Corals

Lab-grown cells from the reef-building coral Acropora tenuis provide new opportunities to study bleaching, symbioses, and biomineralization.

Lab-grown cells from the reef-building coral Acropora tenuis provide new opportunities to study bleaching, symbioses, and biomineralization.

coral disease
Comprehensive Atlas of Reef-Building Coral’s Cells Created
Comprehensive Atlas of Reef-Building Coral’s Cells Created
Christie Wilcox | May 13, 2021
Single-cell RNA sequencing helps to catalog the dozens of cell types present in a stony coral, including its elusive immune cells.
Slideshow: Restoring Coral Reefs
Slideshow: Restoring Coral Reefs
Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, Michael P. Crosby | Feb 1, 2021
By growing mountainous star corals in the lab and outplanting them to dying reefs, we were able to grow sexually mature corals that could help reef recovery.
Restored Corals Spawn Hope for Reefs Worldwide
Restored Corals Spawn Hope for Reefs Worldwide
Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, Michael P. Crosby | Feb 1, 2021
Novel technologies establish a new paradigm for global coral reef restoration, with in situ spawning of mature, environmentally resilient corals in five years instead of decades.
Infographic: How to Accelerate the Growth of Restored Corals
Infographic: How to Accelerate the Growth of Restored Corals
Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, Michael P. Crosby | Feb 1, 2021
Our novel technique involves planting several small fragments of slow-growing corals onto dead coral heads. The fragments eventually fuse, forming a large colony in a fraction of the time that it takes wild corals to build reefs.
Image of the Day: Coral Disease
Image of the Day: Coral Disease
Emily Makowski | Oct 7, 2019
A mysterious illness is causing tissue loss in many species.
As Disease Batters Florida Reefs, Scientists and Community Fight Back
As Disease Batters Florida Reefs, Scientists and Community Fight Back
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 4, 2019
Stony coral tissue loss disease has already affected 80 percent of Florida’s coastal reef system. Now, a huge team of responders is working to slow its spread and prepare for future restoration efforts.
Image of the Day: Coral Firebreak
Image of the Day: Coral Firebreak
The Scientist Staff | May 17, 2018
Marine scientists slowed the spread of a disease that attacks coral by removing areas around diseased tissue.
Image of the Day: Call the Coral Doctor
Image of the Day: Call the Coral Doctor
The Scientist Staff | Jun 22, 2017
Scientists surveyed coral colonies in Hawaii for disease after a mystery pathogen caused tissue from the common rice coral (Montipora capitata) to degenerate.   
Changing Oceans Breed Disease
Changing Oceans Breed Disease
Christie Wilcox | Jul 1, 2016
In the planet’s warming and acidifying oceans, species from corals to lobsters and fish are succumbing to pathogenic infection.
Bleached Corals “Sickest” Scientists Have Ever Seen
Bleached Corals “Sickest” Scientists Have Ever Seen
Christie Wilcox | Jun 21, 2016
Researchers assess which parts of the Great Barrier Reef that have lost their vivid color are likely to die and which parts may pull through.
Saving Reefs One Polyp at a Time
Saving Reefs One Polyp at a Time
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
Researchers have discovered how to study coral organisms in unprecedented detail by mounting them in specially designed microscope slides.
Coral Currents
Coral Currents
The Scientist Staff | May 31, 2016
Researchers at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science discover the ultility of coral cilia in creating water currents that bring food and move molecules around the colonial organisms.
Some Like It Cold
Sabrina Richards | Aug 1, 2012
A hint of green leads researchers to an ocean phenomenon that could counteract the effect of climate change on some corals.
Roundup from Microbiology Meeting
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 21, 2012
Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.