Crowd-source project to research husbandry and propagation of carnation corals underway
With dedicated research, captive-propagated Dendronephthya can hopefully be found at your LFS in the near future.
Dr. Tim Wijgerde and Michaël Laterveer are embarking on a new research to discover knowledge and develop a protocol for aquarists, public aquariums, and academic institutions to grow and farm azooxanthellate corals with a notorious captive track record: the carnation corals. To fund the required work, they are seeking the financial contributions of aquarists and the aquarium industry.
Let's show the world what aquarists can accomplish when we muster our hobby for a common good.
With emerging interest in azoox reefkeeping, demand for azoox corals by aquarists and public aquaria are expected to increase as well. Wijgerde and Lateveer aim to see what science can do to alleviate the pressure on coral collection. Their research will yield a sustainable protocol to keep and propagate azoox corals in captivity starting with Dendronephthya and Scleronephthya spp.
Advanced Aquarist strongly encourages your contribution to this crowd-sourced research. Even $5 will help. Encourage your favorite aquarium brands to make corporate contributions. Spread the word with fellow reefkeepers. Like and share this article on Facebook. Tweet it to the world. This is the very type of progress our hobby needs, and it's led by two of the most credible and capable coral researchers we know.
This endeavor is a stepping stone for further research into difficult-to-keep corals. Let's start something special!
♦♦♦ Please visit the Indiegogo project page for information and to contribute to research. ♦♦♦
For reference on the quality of coral research you can expect from your contribution to Wijgerde and Laterveer's research, see:
- Coral growth under Light Emitting Diode and Light Emitting Plasma: a cross-family comparison
- Feeding and oxygen affect coral growth: implications for coral aquaculture
- Zooxanthellae: Biology and Isolation for Scientific Study
- Zooplankton Feeding by Corals Underestimated
- Red Light Represses the Photophysiology of the Scleractinian Coral Stylophora pistillata