Ocean warming intensifies viral outbreaks within corals

A groundbreaking three-year study in the South Pacific has found evidence that ocean warming can trigger outbreaks of ‘dinoflagellate-infecting RNA viruses’ that attack symbiotic algae inside corals. Coral reef viruses have gained greater attention since being implicated in 2021 as a possible cause of stony coral tissue loss disease that has decimated Florida and Caribbean reefs for almost a decade.