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Researchers develop chip to boost coral reef health

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Researchers develop chip to boost coral reef health

TEAM EFFORT: The device was developed by two Academia Sinica researchers and a Japanese professor who was inspired by fishers in Okinawa to breed coral.

Scientists have developed a chip that can identify the most environmentally tolerant coral and are planning to use it to increase the share of live corals off Taiwan’s north and northeast coasts, where Ocean Conservation Administration data showed that it has dropped to below 10 percent.

The health of coral reefs, which play a similar role in maritime ecology to rainforests on land, is crucial, as they are a habitat for a wide range of species.

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