Genetics provide key to fight crown-of-thorns starfish

15 May 2024
Underwater shot of the crown-of-thorns starfish
The study results could be used to disrupt COTS starfish breeding patterns. Image: Professor Sandie Degnan

Scientists are one step closer to combatting coral-destroying crown-of-thorns starfish, following a University of Queensland study into the pest’s genetics.

In a world first study, University of Queensland PhD candidates Marie Morin and Mathias Jönsson analysed the genetics of the toxic coral-eating invertebrates found on the Great Barrier Reef.

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