A cutting-edge experiment on Australia’s east coast could offer hope for saving the rest of the Great Barrier Reef.

Last year, scientists harvested coral spawn and eggs from the east coast of Australia. They then grew the new coral to its larval stage, before transplanting it to an area of the Great Barrier Reef that had been damaged.

According to the South China Morning Post, the transplanted coral, aided by a metal mesh, has taken hold in the new area and thrived. Eight months after the transplant, there are lots of juvenile corals now living in the previously damaged reef.

According to Southern Cross University scientist Peter Harrison:

“The success of this new research not only applies to the Great Barrier Reef but has potential global significance. It shows we can start to restore and repair damaged coral populations where the natural supply of coral larvae has been compromised.”

Scientists involved with the project are happy and optimistic with the first results. Next they will be looking to expand the project to something that can be undertaken on a much larger scale.

Hopefully they will be able to make a difference and help save one of the earth’s natural wonders.

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