AUSTRALIAN scientists have discovered a beef-like extract that may help defeat a destructive starfish which has been wiping out some of the world's most valuable coral reefs.
Two scientists in Queensland found that the protein mixture triggered an acute allergic reaction and caused the 'crown-of-thorns' starfish to break apart and die within as little as 24 hours.
The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral cover in the past 27 years and the starfish have been blamed for more than 40pc of that loss. The scientists said the next step would be to show the protein was safe for other marine life. (© Daily Telegraph, London)