New Study Warns on Coral Reef Diversity
April 6, 2011
"The world's most diverse coral reef regions may be under greater threat from human populations than previously thought, according to a new global scientific field study.
Researchers reporting in the journal PlosBiology say that the diverse reef fish systems are the most impaired by human populations—which runs counter to previous experimental findings which have suggested that these areas were best equipped to deal with biodiversity loss.
"Before, we thought diversity was an insurance against human stressors but it is actually a weakness," said Camilo Mora from Canada's Dalhousie University, and lead author of the study."
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