10 September, 2023

Coral Probiotics Village Now on Google Maps

The Coral Probiotics Village is now on Google Maps! This means that you can easily find us and add reviews, beautiful photos, and more.

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17 August, 2023

Can probiotics protect corals from problems like bleaching?

Interview Q&A session for the Knowable Magazine with KAUST Prof. Raquel Peixoto.

Prof Raquel explains how can probiotics protect corals from problems like bleaching, and more...

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10 August, 2023

Professor Raquel S. Peixoto Gives Keynote Speech at ISME-LAT23

Raquel S. Peixoto, Vice President of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), gave a keynote speech on "Microbial Ecology-Based Medicine to Rehabilitate Threatened Environments" at the closing of the ISME-Lat 23 conference. The conference, which was held from August 7-10, was the third Latin American Congress of Microbial Ecology.

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05 April, 2023

TKS and RSRC/M&M Outreach Collaboration

The Marine Microbiomes Lab had the opportunity to be part of the recently launched Collaboration between TKS Elementary School and the RSRC with a talk about "Coral Reefs: Through the eyes of Researchers".

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26 October, 2022

KAUST, AEON Collective align goals in a sustainable-focused collaboration

The AEON KAUST collaboration will see as a first step under this engagement the co-appointments of both Prof. Carlos Duarte and Prof. Raquel Peixoto from KAUST as members of Aeon Collective working to advance efforts towards planetary repair, ecosystem restoration and resiliency.

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20 December, 2021

KAUST inaugurates the world’s first Coral Probiotics Village

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) recently announced the inauguration of the world's first coral probiotics village in the Red Sea. The village, located around 20 km off the campus shores, is part of the University's Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) efforts and approach to coral preservation and restoration. The inaugural featured an underwater ribbon-cutting ceremony and was attended by representatives from KAUST leadership, RSRC researchers and students, as well as members from the community.

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29 July, 2022

Microbiome stewardship in rapidly declining ecosystems: The high risk of inaction

New microbiome-based interventions, such as the use of probiotics, are beginning to be identified as key to reverse deterioration and protect wildlife. There is an urgent need for moving from devising to safely testing and implementing these approaches.

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09 June, 2022

Probiotics for corals boost resilience, help prevent mortality

Saudi Gazette: "A new study shows probiotics to be helpful protagonists in boosting coral health and preventing mortality in the face of environmental stressors, such as warming oceans and changing climate conditions."

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09 June, 2022

Prof. Raquel Peixoto in The Economist

Follow the conversation with Prof. Raquel Peixoto in The Economist about the coral crisis and potential solutions highlighting coral probiotics.

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16 May, 2022

Student Focus: Nathalia Delgadillo

We took some time to talk to Nathalia Delgadillo, currently a PhD student at Prof. Raquel Peixoto Marine Microbiomes lab.

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21 April, 2022

Dr. Raquel Peixoto named a Fellow of the International Coral Reef Society

Dr. Raquel Peixoto, KAUST associate professor of marine science at the Red Sea Research Center (RSRC), is recognized as a Fellow of the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) for her contributions to the field of coral probiotics.

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07 November, 2021

Restoring coral health

Coral reef ecosystems are severely threatened by climate change. The urgent need to address the issue is driving a new era of innovation in reef science, shown by a global multidisciplinary exploration of different approaches to enhance coral resilience.

An international team including KAUST professors Manuel Aranda and Raquel Peixoto, with adjunct professor Chris Voolstra, have proposed an adaptive framework to increase the resilience of corals in the face of climate change.

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29 November, 2021

KAUST scientists propose a nature-based adaptive approach to boost coral restoration

Coral reefs are rapidly degrading all over the world due to climate change and human activity. This phenomenon has dire consequences on the livelihoods of almost one billion people who directly depend on the ecosystem services delivered through healthy tropical reefs. Based on current projections, and without active intervention, coral reefs may become extinct by the year 2050.

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18 October, 2021

The coral warrior

The microbiologist Raquel Peixoto gives the corals, which can only survive in symbiosis with algae and bacteria, a probiotic treatment. A medicine that makes them more resilient and thus buys them time.

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21 October, 2021

Finding Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe

The first-ever report on the world’s coral reefs presents a grim picture, as losses mount due to global warming. But there are signs of hope — some regions are having coral growth, and researchers found that corals can recover if given a decade of reprieve from hot water.

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15 August, 2021

Probiotics for corals boost resilience, help prevent mortality

As more coral reefs around the world suffer from bleaching and mass mortality due to warming ocean temperatures and related climate change conditions, good news about reefs is welcome news.

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13 August, 2021

Corals survive the heat with bacterial help

Treating corals with a probiotic cocktail of beneficial bacteria increases survival after a bleaching event, according to new research. This approach could be administered in advance of a predicted heatwave to help corals recover from high sea temperatures.

Climate change is increasing the temperatures of the oceans, which disrupts the relationship between corals and their symbiotic photosynthetic algae and causes corals to bleach, in some cases eventually leading to their death. KAUST researchers have proposed that manipulating the coral microbiome might enhance their stress tolerance by using beneficial microorganisms for corals, or BMC.

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25 July, 2021

A radical plan to save ravaged coral reefs—with customized medicine

For decades, scientists have been engaged in a furious effort to save the world’s coral reefs, which are vanishing at an alarming rate—about half of them are believed to have died over the last 50 years. Efforts to “do something about it” have ranged from replanting programs to genetic engineering and establishing protective reserves. The combined effects of acidification, pollution, and climate change, however, continue to ravage these colonies. Scientists predict that up to 9O percent will die out over the next two decades, and that they will be gone completely by 2100.

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07 July, 2021

Professor Raquel S. Peixoto: The Coral Warrior

The world’s coral reefs are in crisis, with climate change emerging as the biggest threat of mass coral reef bleaching. Coral reef health walks hand-in-hand with overall ocean health, in addition to supplying effective shoreline protection and supporting businesses globally, from fishing to tourism.

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