Could algae that are ‘poor-providers’ help corals come back after bleaching?

Source: Science Daily

How much of a reef’s ability to withstand stressful conditions is influenced by the type of symbiotic algae that the corals hosts? New work investigates how the nutrients algae share with their coral hosts varies between species and what this could mean for a coral’s ability to survive in a changing climate. They determined that in the wake of a bleaching event, even an algal tenant that’s poor provider may be better than no provider.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181206114702.htm