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Hong Kong's fragile coral reefs boosted by 3D printing

The Hindu | 21/03/2021 08:06 PM | Click to read full article

Around 84 species of coral are found in Hong Kong's waters, scientists say, more diverse than those found in the Caribbean Sea. But like all reefs in a rapidly warming world, they are under enormous pressure. This is where Vriko Yu and her team of fellow marine scientists come in.

They have begun using 3D printed tiles that work as an artificial bed for corals to latch onto and thrive, with promising results. Now the artificially produced reef laid down last summer is teeming with wildlife.