A big snail eating stars could get rid of to save the Great Barrier Reef, officials said on Monday, with a continuous process of raising thousands of rare species.
Excess coral star corals are natural, but proliferated due to pollution and agricultural runoff in the fierce ecosystem of world heritage.
Its effect was profound with a large 2300-kilometer-kilometer-kilometer bio-pollution research in 2012 showing double coral coverage over the past 27 years, with 42 percent of damage attributed to the parasite. Now, the Australian Institute for Marine Research (AIMS) has shown that it avoids areas where the Storm is present – also known as the giant Newt.
Cuts – which can reach half a meter – have a well-developed smell and can only hunted their prey with smell.
Research has shown that they especially loved the crown of the thorns, but they only eat a few weeks, and the snail is almost persecuted by the invention of their shells, not much left.
This has prompted the Australian government to announce funds for growing research on Monday. “The capabilities offered by Newton’s breeding project are exciting,” said federal parliamentarian Queensland Warren Entsch.
Star of the crown of thorns
“If this is successful, this research will allow scientists to closely examine the impact of giant coins on truncated crown behaviour and test their potential as a management tool to reduce the coral lost in buds.”
Big coins supported by AIMS put many teacup capsules with over 100,000 larvae incubated in the last month. But they are so rare, little is known about their life cycle.
Eight snails that AIMS has two years to harvest
“We do not know anything about them, what they eat, they are nightmares or not, and that’s the first real attempt to lift them,” AFP Cherie Motti, a marine ecologist who directs the breeding program, said.
Their research will focus on larval support in transition to their underage and adult levels, providing valuable insight into their biology, with the ultimate goal to be implemented to prevent the crown of thorns being greatly added during the seaside season.
“If we can have a natural predator who does the job for us (killing a star), that will be the best result,” Motti said.
“It’s still a long way; we hope to find out for two years this year to make the baby happy.”
So far high cost chemicals like bile salts have been used to try to destroy the stars, but they can damage other marine organisms. In April, research has shown that they can be killed safely with domestic vinegar, but diving teams should inject each star singly before death and break, which is a solid job with an estimated 10 million reefs.
The large coral reef, the largest living structure of the Earth, is also recovering from the unseen second consecutive year of coral eruption due to the warming up of sea temperature due to climate change. In May, Australia hosted the summit of over 70 top maritime experts in the world to work on the model of how best to respond to the threats facing the reef.
The opportunities that have been explored include the development of coral nurseries, a strategy for encouraging crown sacrifice, spreading the monitoring system and identifying priority sites for coral rehab.