Red Sea Coral Probiotic Village
One promising method of rehabilitating and restoring coral reefs is the application of beneficial microorganisms as coral probiotics—a customized medicine for corals pioneered by KAUST faculty. The Village is expected to be a source of different marine microorganisms that may be used as environmental stress mitigators, aquaculture probiotics, and as agents for reef restoration and rehabilitation.
It will also serve as testbed for pioneering technologies such as Coral Probiotic Automated Inoculator. Currently being developed, the technology combines AI and robotics to deploy probiotics at scale, using an automated probiotic dispenser that works like the irrigation systems we see in our backyards. It is designed to work underwater and spray nature-based, sustainable and efficient medicine for corals in a controlled, automated and remote way.