|Photo credit: Elizabeth Harvey (GSO). Digital enhancement by Cynthia Beth Rubin (RISD)|
Micrograph of the ciliate predator Favella sp. (left) and its algal prey Heterosigma akashiwo. When sensing the presence of a feeding predator, the alga changed its swimming behavior and effectively fled from the predator. Although fleeing is common among animals, this type of behavior had not been observed in plant like creatures.
Susanne Menden-Deuer, associate professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and doctoral student Elizabeth Harvey made the unexpected observation while studying the interactions between phytoplankton and zooplankton..
Lead story on the NSF website October 11, 2012.
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