31.07.2018 – ICBM
By: Dr. Sibet Riexinger

To draw on unlimited resources, dyed blue

Bluish and, being about 3 millimetre-sized, pretty big: Striking visual properties of the investigated copepods. [Photo: J. Rahlff]

Oldenburg. Some small blue copepods in the nutrient rich thin layer at marine surfaces apparently protect themselves against sun and visibility by predators by their particular blue stain. An international team around ICBM researchers Dr. Janina Rahlff (now University Duisburg-Essen) and Dr. Mariana Ribas Ribas investigated the tiny crustaceans by means of a research katamaran and a novel spectral camera equipped drone. Their findings can be read in the recent issue of the journal Scientific Reports.

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