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Nature. 2002 Feb 7;415(6872):601-2.

Communication arising. Is coral bleaching really adaptive?

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  • 1Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland, Queensland 4072, Australia.


From an experiment in which corals are transplanted between two depths on a Panamanian coral reef, Baker infers that bleaching may sometimes help reef corals to survive environmental change. Although Baker's results hint at further mechanisms by which reef-building corals may acclimatize to changing light conditions, we do not consider that the evidence supports his inference.

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