Why coral reefs are so colorful?
Colorful coral reefs have always attracted scuba divers, free divers, and snorkelers wherever they are around the world.
Night divers are even more attracted by colorful corals as they can see the right colorfulness of the corals without the diffracted light from the sun.
So did you ever wonder why the coral's reefs are so colorful?
A study from Jörg Wiedenmann Head of the Coral Reef Laboratory at the University of Southampton, and Cecilia D'Angelo, Senior Research Fellow, of the Coral Reef Laboratory also at the University of Southampton have discovered why some of the corals of the same species are more colorful than others from this very same species.
Glowing colors and fluorescent corals.
Their researches at the Coral Reef Laboratory at the University of Southampton let enlight the coral colors as sun-screening pigments that help explain how corals can adapt to the environmental stress.
Their studies are published in the journal Molecular Ecology.
Do you know that the brown-ish colors of many corals species under daylight is due to photosynthetic pigments from the microscopic plants that live in symbiotic partnership within them?
On the other hand, most of the green, red and purple-blue colors are caused by a family of Nobel prize-winning protein pigments.
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