Researchers revive frozen corals in conservation breakthrough

Courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Coral sits in shallow waters at an undisclosed location.

Courtesy of University of Hawai‘i Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology

Mary Hagedorn, a research biologist at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and co-author of a paper on cryopreservation of corals that was recently published in Nature Communications, holds a piece of coral in Kane‘ohe Bay on O‘ahu.

LIHU‘E — In a first for conservation science, a team of marine biologists has successfully frozen and revived coral fragments — a seismic breakthrough for the fight to save Earth’s reefs from climate change-inflicted devastation.