Study: pollution can cripple coral

  • Zac Forsman, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa / Special to The Garden Island

    Porites lobata is the foundation of many coral reefs in Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

  • Zac Forsman, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa / Special to The Garden Island

    Porites lobata coral grows near Olawalu, Maui.

MANOA — University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology researchers found that human-induced environmental stressors have a large effect on the genetic composition of coral reef populations in Hawai‘i.

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