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Sea slug species survives without food by retaining chloroplasts from algae

Sea slug species survives without food by retaining chloroplasts from algae

7/09/2017

A study published in the journal Scientific Reports (http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-08002-0) by researchers Paulo Cartaxana and Sónia Cruz (DBio and CESAM), in co-authoring with the University of Copenhagen, shows that during periods of food shortage the photosynthesis of the cleptoplasts is important for the survival of Elysia viridis, a species of sea slug abundant on the Portuguese coast.

A restricted group of sea slugs is able to digest the macroalgae it feeds while integrating chloroplasts into its own cells. The process is called kyptoplasty (from the Greek "kleptein" - steal) and the stolen chloroplasts are called "kleptoplasts".


More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=51709

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