Found, Algae Can Avoid Predators

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Found, Algae Can Avoid Predators

Scientists discover species of phytoplankton, microscopic algae, which is unique. Heterosigma akashiwo, the name of the species, are able to move away from predators. Plants are able to escape from predators are rare.


 


This discovery not only of interest to scientists. By reviewing these species, scientists in the future to understand the causes of the phenomenon of blooming algae growth or excessive algal populations.


“It’s very well known that phytoplankton can move in the water close to nutrients and light. Which is not known is that the plant responds by moving away from predators. Kali is not aware of any other plants that do this,” said Susanne Menden-Deuer, researchers from the University of Rhode Island.


 


In the experiments conducted in the laboratory, Menden-Deuer and his team observed that this species moves away when zooplankton, predator, approached. Moreover, this species also remain away from locations where predators previously existed, although predators were gone.


 


“Phytoplankton clearly can sense the presence of predators. They run away even when a new predator chemical smell, but most make awesome is capable of sensing the predator-eaters,” said Menden-Deuer, as quoted by LiveScience, Friday (09/28/2012) .


Algae are moving away from predators in order to survive. Phytoplankton do not have many places to hide. Without dodge, they will be devoured predators.


Scientists said the research on species Heterosigma akashiwo will help to understand the phenomenon of blooming algae.


“Growth and nutrient availability are not always explain the blooming algae. Presence of algae that can escape from predators is one way how blooming may occur. Remarkably, the microscopic view of individual behavior, we can use it to help explain the phenomenon of macroscopic” said Menden-Deuer .



Scientists discover species of phytoplankton, microscopic algae, which is unique. Heterosigma akashiwo, the name of the species, are able to move away from predators. Plants are able to escape from predators are rare.


 


This discovery not only of interest to scientists. By reviewing these species, scientists in the future to understand the causes of the phenomenon of blooming algae growth or excessive algal populations.


“It’s very well known that phytoplankton can move in the water close to nutrients and light. Which is not known is that the plant responds by moving away from predators. Kali is not aware of any other plants that do this,” said Susanne Menden-Deuer, researchers from the University of Rhode Island.


 


In the experiments conducted in the laboratory, Menden-Deuer and his team observed that this species moves away when zooplankton, predator, approached. Moreover, this species also remain away from locations where predators previously existed, although predators were gone.


 


“Phytoplankton clearly can sense the presence of predators. They run away even when a new predator chemical smell, but most make awesome is capable of sensing the predator-eaters,” said Menden-Deuer, as quoted by LiveScience, Friday (09/28/2012) .


Algae are moving away from predators in order to survive. Phytoplankton do not have many places to hide. Without dodge, they will be devoured predators.


Scientists said the research on species Heterosigma akashiwo will help to understand the phenomenon of blooming algae.


“Growth and nutrient availability are not always explain the blooming algae. Presence of algae that can escape from predators is one way how blooming may occur. Remarkably, the microscopic view of individual behavior, we can use it to help explain the phenomenon of macroscopic” said Menden-Deuer .

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