Researchers believe they have found a cure to the bacteria Thalassomonas loyana, which causes the “white plague” among corals. A team of Israeli scientists have found that BA3, a virus, greatly reduces a coral’s likeliness of catching the disease and cures already sick corals.
The “white plague” bleaches and kills coral and currently affects about nine percent of the Favia favus coral population.
Eugene Rosenberg, the researcher at the head of the Tel Aviv University’s study, is in discussion with the Israeli government about the idea of introducing the virus to large stretches of the Gulf of Aqaba.
Read more about the discovery here.
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