Soft Coral (image) King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) Share Print E-Mail Caption Heat stress disrupts the nutrient cycling of the coral and its symbiotic algae, which may lead to coral bleaching. Understanding this physiological process may help to guide appropriate countermeasures to prevent bleaching. Credit © 2021 Morgan Bennett Smith Usage Restrictions Please credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.