Major bleaching events can lead to increased thermal tolerance in corals

  title={Major bleaching events can lead to increased thermal tolerance in corals},
  author={Jeffrey A. Maynard and Kenneth R. N. Anthony and Paul A. Marshall and Itsara Masiri},
  journal={Marine Biology},
Climate change is a major threat to coral reef ecosystems worldwide. A key determinant of the fate of reef corals in a warming climate is their capacity to tolerate increasing thermal stress. Here, an increase in thermal tolerance is demonstrated for three major coral genera (Acropora, Pocillopora and Porites) following the extensive mass bleaching event that occurred on the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) in 1998. During the subsequent and more severe thermal stress event in 2002, bleaching… 

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