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Marine Bacteria's Mealtime Dash is a Swimming Success
March 10, 2008
Goldfish are able to dash after food flakes at mealtime, reaching them before they sink or are eaten by other fish. Researchers in MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently proved in lab experiments that marine bacteria behave in a similar fashion at mealtime, using their swimming skills to reach tiny food patches that appear randomly in the ocean blue. This behavior at small scales could have global implications for the oceans' carbon cycle.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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