Researchers have used antibiotics on corals to save Caribbean reefs from a deadly disease, but there are concerns it could create antibiotic resistance in other marine animals
September 23, 2022
Fighting the spread of a mysterious disease affecting Caribbean coral, researchers are applying antibiotic mucus by hand on thousands of corals. Others are now giving corals probiotics, hoping to boost their resistance to disease.
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) was first detected off the coast of Miami, Florida in 2014, and scientists have been working hard to understand the mysterious pathogen ever since. The disease only infects hard corals—…