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Rat Infestation Takes a Toll on Nearby Coral Reefs

The Scientist - Thu 12 Jul 18

A study shows that by killing off seabirds on islands, rodents slash the flow of nutrients into the ocean.

Coral reefs are at risk from rats that have invaded nearby islands - Thu 12 Jul 18

Elegant science can arise from ugly facts. This is the thought that springs first to mind as we read a new study in Nature about how a single invasive species – the black rat Rattus rattus ...

Killing rats could save coral reefs

BBC News - Wed 11 Jul 18

Threatened coral reefs can be protected by eradicating destructive rats that have invaded tropical islands, scientists say.

Bird poop helps keep coral reefs healthy, but rats are messing that up

ScienceNews - Wed 11 Jul 18

Eradicating invasive rats from islands may help boost numbers of seabirds, whose droppings provide nutrients to nearby coral reefs.

Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs - Wed 11 Jul 18

Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral reefs, according to an international team of scientists.

Rats on remote tropical islands could destroy coral reefs

Daily Mail - Wed 11 Jul 18

Experts studied the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean and found fish get a boost because guano acts as a fertiliser which enriches the ocean and encourages seaweed and algae to grow. ...

Rats are devastating coral reefs — but there’s also some good news

ZME Science - Wed 11 Jul 18

This could be a game changer for protecting some coral reefs.

Scientists are speeding up evolution to build climate change resistance

Fastcompany Tech - Wed 18 Jul 18

Scientists are rushing to create new “evolution assisted” coral that can survive in hotter waters. Is messing with nature the path to survival, or too dangerous to contemplate? On ...

Invasive rats harm reefs by robbing coral of nutritious bird excrement

UPI - Fri 13 Jul 18

Rats have a surprising impact on the health of reefs. The invasive rodents not only disrupt online ecosystems, but harm surrounding marine ecosystems, too.

Coral reefs thrive next to rat-free islands, new study finds - Wed 11 Jul 18

Rats exact a punishing toll on island seabird colonies, decimating their numbers as they eat the birds’ eggs and young. Research has shown that fewer birds, and fewer bird droppings, mean ...

Rats! Coral Reefs Aren't Getting the Bird Poop They Need

Wired Science - Wed 11 Jul 18

Rat invasions ripple across an island ecosystem into places you’d never expect—including all the way into surrounding coral reefs.

A Battle of Conservation

Science Blog - Fri 13 Jul 18

The island shores run red with blood, As vermin stalk and kill their prey; A grisly, feather-strewn display, As flights are culled with deathly thud.   But waste breathes life into the ...