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To be or not to be a hunter: the tradeoffs of foraging in turbulent waters

November 9, 2012

Detailed computer simulation shows how a particle of nutrients gets distributed by turbulent water. Image courtesy of John R. Taylor and Roman StockerOceanographers have long assumed that because turbulence distributes nutrients uniformly in ocean water, and because the ability of tiny organisms to move around is insignificant compared to this turbulence, there was no reason for ocean bacteria to move at all. Sea-dwelling bacterial life, they believed, should consist just of static feeders. That view has now been upended by research conducted by Professor Roman St