Colorful corals protect the algae inside


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Ecologists have long wondered why coral reefs lying next to each other can have drastically different colours. Now, researchers report that the corals have a unique genetic mechanism by which they use their colour intensity to protect the algae present inside them. The full article was published on Science Magazine's news site.

IMAGE: JÖRG WIEDENMANN AND CECILIA D'ANGELO