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Ocean odours

Steinke, Michael (2006) Ocean odours. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Planet Earth, Winter 2006, pp16-17..

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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: Other
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 15:19
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2022 10:12
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5678

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