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201411coralNovember 19, 2014 - A new study by a Florida State University biologist shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental long-term impact on coral.

Professor Don Levitan, chair of the Department of Biological Science, writes in the latest issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series that bleaching — a process where high water temperatures or UV light stresses the coral to the point where it loses its symbiotic algal partner that provides the coral with color — is also affecting the long-term fertility of the coral.

FSU Press Release: http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/Study-Environmental-bleaching-impairs-long-term-coral-reproduction

Journal Article: http://dx.doi.org/10.3354%2Fmeps11063