Mixoplankton - Frankenstein's Mini-Monsters or Nature's Perfect Beasts
RSB Wales' annual talk in collaboration with The Linnean Society of London asks if Mixotrophic Plankton truly are the perfect beasts of our oceans
Beth Morgan, RSB South Wales
020 3925 3444
ONLINE EVENING LECTURE 18.30–19:45 TUES, 20 APRIL 2021
Tiny creatures, part plant and part animal, may control the fate of the planet. Mixotrophs, tiny sea creatures that hunt like animals but grow like plants, can change everything from fish populations to rates of global warming.
This year's annual talk in collaboration with The Linnean Society of London asks if Mixotrophic Plankton truly are the perfect beasts of our oceans. Oceans play a fundamental role in our lives, from being a source of food to a place to rest and relax when on holiday. Indeed, 40% of humans live within 100 km of the sea. Humans are fascinated with life in our oceans; dolphins, sharks, fish, the mysteries of the deep. However, what is not well appreciated is that all these enigmatic marine megafauna, and indeed we (humans), are ultimately dependent on single-celled marine microbes drifting in the oceans (microplankton).
Dr Aditee Mitra is a marine plankton ecologist at Cardiff University, new mixoplankton-centric paradigm in marine ecology, which rewrites over 100 years of understanding of marine ecology. This highlights the importance of the microbial planktonic “Perfect Beasts” that photosynthesize (contributing to ca. 50% of the oxygen we breath) and also eat in the one cell.
This is a free event and advance booking is essential via the link at the top of the page. The Zoom meeting joining link will be circulated to registered guests ahead of the event.
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