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URI Scientists: Marine Plants Can Flee to Avoid Predators


October 1, 2012

image of a microscopic marine plant Scientists at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography have made the first observation of predator avoidance behavior by a species of phytoplankton, a microscopic marine plant. The scientists made the unexpected observation while studying the interactions between phytoplankton and zooplankton. Full Story

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