COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Marine Bacteria's Mealtime Dash Is A Swimming Success
Description: Researchers at MIT recently proved that marine bacteria, the smallest creatures in the ocean, use their swimming skills to reach tiny food patches that appear randomly in the ocean blue. The behavior of bacteria at these small scales could have global implications, possibly even impacting the oceans' health during climate change. Scientists in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering demonstrated for the first time in lab experiments that the 2-micron-long, rod-shaped marine bacterium P. haloplanktis is able to locate and exploit nutrient patches extremely rapidly, thanks to its keen swimming abilities. [Source: ScienceDaily]
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Source: ScienceDaily
Publish Date: 4/1/2008
Reading Level: Basic
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