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Coral Find Ways to Fight Off Warming Effects

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Coral Find Ways to Fight Off Warming Effects

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Coral Find Ways to Fight Off Warming Effects

Coral Find Ways to Fight Off Warming Effects

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Overly warm water can cause "coral bleaching," in which coral die and lose their pigmentation, leaving only ghostly skeletons behind. New research suggests that by actively engaging in 'tentacle feeding' on small marine organisms, some coral may be able to resist bleaching events.

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Andréa Grottoli, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Ohio State University