Annual coral bleaching and the long-term recovery capacity of coral.

  title={Annual coral bleaching and the long-term recovery capacity of coral.},
  author={Verena Schoepf and Andr{\'e}a G Grottoli and Stephen J. Levas and Matthew D. Aschaffenburg and Justin H Baumann and Yohei Matsui and Mark E. Warner},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={282 1819}
Mass bleaching events are predicted to occur annually later this century. Nevertheless, it remains unknown whether corals will be able to recover between annual bleaching events. Using a combined tank and field experiment, we simulated annual bleaching by exposing three Caribbean coral species (Porites divaricata, Porites astreoides and Orbicella faveolata) to elevated temperatures for 2.5 weeks in 2 consecutive years. The impact of annual bleaching stress on chlorophyll a, energy reserves… CONTINUE READING
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