Struggling reef life could soon get a boost from prefab homes. 3-D printed condos for fish on the reef!
In their ongoing work, researchers are now analyzing field data from Fiji, where they have deployed the 3D-printed coral made from biodegradable cornstarch filaments after determining it was safe to use.
The good news? The tester fish showed no preference and behaved the same near artificial coral even with a natural coral skeleton present.
If proven as a successful solution, 3-D printed coral reef systems could provide big relief to the ecosystem that has suffered devastating acidification across the globe.