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Title: THE USE OF SEXUALLY PROPAGATED SCLERACTINIAN CORALS FOR REEF RESTORATION
Authors: TOH TAI CHONG
Keywords: Ecological restoration, marine biology, coastal management, coral reefs, sexual reproduction, coral larvae,
Issue Date: 6-Jun-2014
Source: TOH TAI CHONG (2014-06-06). THE USE OF SEXUALLY PROPAGATED SCLERACTINIAN CORALS FOR REEF RESTORATION. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The rapid degradation of coral reefs has necessitated the implementation of active measures to assist the recovery process. The main objectives of my thesis were to assess and improve the feasibility of using sexually propagated scleractinian corals for reef restoration. My results demonstrated that this technique is viable and the key bottleneck resided in the initial ten months of the ex situ mariculture phase, which had the highest coral mortality rate. To improve the feasibility of this approach, I have demonstrated that introducing grazers as biological control agents of macroalgae were useful in augmenting the health of coral juveniles in mariculture. Subsequently, I have showed that nutritional enhancement significantly increased the growth of coral juveniles in ex situ mariculture and after transplantation to the reef. The initatives proposed in this study can be incorporated into future reef restoration programmes to improve the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of transplanting sexually propagated corals.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/80186
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