Scientists in Singapore have developed a new technique to create peony-producing coral reefs in a lab, a step toward producing reefs on coral islands.
For the past few years, scientists have been trying to create coral reefs from coral peon tissue.
But that requires the use of fertilizers and chemicals that are not available in the wild.
The new technique, developed by researchers at Singapore’s Singapore University of Technology and Research (SUTR) and Singapore’s National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), uses carbon dioxide to grow coral peons.
Carbon dioxide fertilizers are not as effective as natural fertilizers, such as algae, which are more effective at converting carbon dioxide into other plant compounds.
The new method uses carbon-based chemicals called CO2-B to grow peony cells from the peon tissues of fish.
Scientists then use CO2 to create reefs from the cells.
The CO2 generated from the coral peoples are fertilized with CO2.
The reefs will last several months.
Scientists have been able to successfully grow coral reefs on small reefs in the southern Philippines.
This is the first time that peony reefs have been created in a laboratory environment.
More:Scientists hope to use the technique to produce reefs on larger reefs in southern India.