Coral Microbiome Boosters

Microbiome Boosters, An Entirely New Way to Save Our Coral Reefs

Increasing ocean temperatures, disease, and pollution has wiped out 50% of coral reefs in the last 30 years, and will lead to the death of 90% of coral reefs by 2050. Widespread coral extinction will be economically devastating as they generate $375 billion per year through commercial fishing, tourism, and coastal protection.

Azul Bio creates microbiome boosters, Coral Shield, from the microbiomes of coral to improve their resilience to an array of the most critical ecological challenges. These treatments are cheaper and faster to develop than traditional restoration approaches, and are deployed at scale, saving corals in nurseries and hundreds of hectares of existing reef.

Rapid Microbiome Booster Development

Azul Bio is developing the technology to preserve and restore marine ecosystems and expand the productivity of marine industries at scale. We are accomplishing this by leveraging natural marine microbiomes to create regenerative probiotics that work with the habitat to restore ecological function and increase its tolerance to climate change and human impact.

Through the use of cutting-edge culturing methods and high-throughput technologies, our probiotic engineering platform allows for rapid testing, analysis, and probiotic assembly. Once applied to coral, it only takes a few days for the probiotic to change its physiology, increasing cellular repair, stress protection, immune response, and other traits that provide significant protection from environmental threats.

Coral Photogrammtery is a vital tool we use during microbiome booster development to monitor and assess the health of coral nurseries and ecosystems. See the below example we created of a single coral colony.

Coral Colony Still
Photogrammetry Version

Our Approach

Coral Shield | Heat

Climate change is causing more frequent, longer lasting, and deadly coral bleaching events. Increased ocean temperatures are stressing the coral polyp causing it to expel its energy providing algae symbiote, zooxanthellae. If the coral does not take up new zooxanthellae, it becomes more suspitale to disease and starvation, eventually dying and only leaving its ghostly white skeleton to degrade to rubble.

Coral Shield | Heat is a microbiome booster applied to coral reefs ensuring they do not bleach as the oceans warm around them. Because we use endemic microbial species in the probiotic, the coral is much more likely to acquire and retain the treatment. Our tailored and enhanced microbes will provide the helping hand coral reefs need to survive our increasingly warming oceans. Our treatment can be applied to coral nurseries on land or in the ocean, as well as at large-scale on natural reefs.

Coral Shield | SCTLD

Increasing ocean temperatures and pollution are causing coral reefs to be much more susceptible to disease, such as Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). SCTLD is a rapidly spreading, multi-coral species, bacterial plague that threatens to wipe out the majority of coral in the Caribbean and will likely soon spread to the Pacific Ocean.

Coral Shield | SCTLD is specifically designed to prevent Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. We use endemic coral microbes that combat the pathogen by producing an array of natural antibiotics at the site of infection. Our uniquely developed solution will provide the helping hand coral reefs need to survive this disease and stop its spread. Our treatment can be applied to coral nurseries on land or in the ocean, as well as at large-scale on natural reefs.

We are developing probiotics that solve the most critical environmental challenges that traditional marine restoration is unable to address. With the capacity to treat a multitude of marine environments and species, our solutions can aid environmental restoration projects, aquaculture, and industry in the following focus areas:

 

Global Warming

Ocean Acidification

Marine Diseases

Chemical Pollution