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Ocean odours

Steinke, M (2006) 'Ocean odours.' Planet Earth (WINTER). 16 - 17. ISSN 1479-2605

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Abstract

The ocean's distinctive smell is caused by a single chemical released by plankton and other marine life, dimethyl sulphide (DMS). A study by a group of investigators from the University of Groningen used a technique called laser-sheet particle image velocimetry to monitor the water flows produced by aquatic animals. The investigators looked closely at how DMS affects copepods. Their tests showed that when DMS hit a copepod, the test animal reacted with a search behaviour. This demonstrates that copepods can smell the DMS and suggests that this and possibly other compounds released by phytoplankton and microzooplankton may help copepods in finding their prey.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Depositing User: Michael Steinke
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 15:19
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 13:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5678

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