S LAR-POW­ERED SEA SLUGS

Canadian Geographic - - WILDLIFE -

When does a sea slug not be­have like a sea slug? When it be­haves like a plant and uses pho­to­syn­the­sis to sur­vive, sci­en­tists at Rut­gers Univer­sity-new Brunswick have found. Re­search on the sea slug Elysia chlorot­ica, which is found in the in­ter­tidal zone be­tween Nova Sco­tia and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., re­vealed that it sucks raw materials from al­gae to pro­vide its life­time sup­ply of so­lar­pow­ered en­ergy — a find­ing that has im­pli­ca­tions for the field of ar­ti­fi­cial pho­to­syn­the­sis.

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