Evidence found of sea slugs stealing photosynthesizing machinery from algae, using it to boost reproduction

Evidence found of sea slugs stealing photosynthesizing machinery from algae, using it to boost reproduction

Evidence found of sea slugs stealing photosynthesizing machinery from algae, using it to boost reproduction A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in Portugal and France has found evidence suggesting that sea slugs that steal photosynthesizing machinery from the algae they eat use it to boost their own reproduction efforts. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study of the unique creatures and what they learned about them. Prior research has shown that some kinds of sea slugs retain photosynthesizing machinery (chloroplasts) from the algae they eat and then store it in their own bodies for long periods of time—sometimes for as long as a year. And remarkably, during the storage period, the chloroplasts remain functional. Prior research has also shown …
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