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Australian Institute of Marine Science: Assisted Evolution

Australian Institute of Marine Science
Created: 10/18/2018 - Updated: 12/28/2018

Abstract

The term 'assisted evolution' (AE) refers to a range of approaches that involve active intervention to accelerate the rate of naturally occurring evolutionary processes. These approaches aim to enhance certain attributes such as temperature tolerance, growth or reproduction.

Our goal is to enhance the resilience of corals to predicted future ocean scenarios of elevated temperature and acidification on the Great Barrier Reef.

AIMS researchers are examining a number of assisted evolution processes:

Keywords

Sector Addressed: 
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Biodiversity
Ocean acidification
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Marine
Reef
Taxonomic Focus: 
Corals