Coral reefs: Corals' adaptive response to climate change

@article{Baker2004CoralRC,
  title={Coral reefs: Corals' adaptive response to climate change},
  author={A. Baker and C. Starger and T. McClanahan and P. Glynn},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2004},
  volume={430},
  pages={741-741}
}
The long-term response of coral reefs to climate change depends on the ability of reef-building coral symbioses to adapt or acclimatize to warmer temperatures, but there has been no direct evidence that such a response can occur. Here we show that corals containing unusual algal symbionts that are thermally tolerant and commonly associated with high-temperature environments are much more abundant on reefs that have been severely affected by recent climate change. This adaptive shift in symbiont… Expand

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