Replanting reefs with LarvalBot
Sept 2019—You’ve no doubt heard that our coral reefs are in bad shape. Because of how they reproduce, with major spawning events releasing eggs and sperm over a couple nights, these systems can crash. Once there aren’t enough corals in the area, chance of fertilization drops precipitously.
Lavalbot to the rescue. Scientists capture spawn from healthy reefs, grow them under controlled conditions and then this underwater drone plants them in the reefs. Experiments on the Great Barrier Reef and in Indonesia are showing high rates of growth. Watch how it works in this video.