Coral research breakthrough could save Great Barrier Reef

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Southern Cross University researchers say they have made a breakthrough that could help save the Great Barrier Reef.

Project leader Peter Harrison has been working with a team to repair degraded reefs in the Philippines by encouraging the reproduction of coral larvae.

The researchers grow millions of coral larvae in tanks and place them onto reefs in large underwater mesh tents.

"We're using the spawning of corals, collecting the eggs and sperm from the corals, growing the larvae and then putting millions of larvae back onto the reef to try to start the restoration process," Professor Harrison said.