Scientists are slathering reefs with antibiotics to stop coral disease
Researchers have resorted to applying antibiotics on corals to save Caribbean reefs from deadly disease, but there are concerns this could create antibiotic resistance in other marine animals
23 September 2022
To combat the spread of a mysterious disease affecting coral in the Caribbean, researchers are smearing antibiotic goo on thousands of corals by hand. Others are now dosing corals with probiotics with the hope of bolstering their resilience to the disease.
Stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) was first spotted off the coast of Miami, Florida, in 2014 and scientists have been struggling to understand the mysterious pathogen ever since. The disease infects only hard corals – the …