Ocean warming intensifies viral outbreaks within corals

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A groundbreaking three-year study in the South Pacific has found evidence that ocean warming can trigger outbreaks of ‘dinoflagellate-infecting RNA viruses’ that attack symbiotic algae inside corals. Coral reef viruses have gained greater attention since being implicated in 2021 as a possible cause of stony coral tissue loss disease that has decimated Florida and Caribbean reefs for almost a decade.

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