Scientists test underwater “LarvalBot” in effort to rebuild coral reefs damaged by climate change

The technique used by the bot is called “larval restoration”, and it begins with the collection of millions of coral spawn by scientists. The spawn are next reared inside nearby large floating enclosures, and once they have developed into larvae, the coral young are put into LarvalBot and squirted around dead reef areas. From there, the baby coral can settle, grow, and gradually restore damage from events like coral bleaching. It will take about three years for the corals to become mature enough to reproduce and spread on their own.

With LarvalBot’s assistance, the spread of coral larvae will be enhanced up to 100-times what is achieved naturally. 

Scientists test underwater “LarvalBot” in effort to rebuild coral reefs damaged by climate change

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