November 12, 2012

Chemical Warfare on the Coral Reef

John Timmer, Ars Technica


AP Photo

There are lots of organisms that don't have a brain, but can still communicate. Bacteria coordinate their growth, plants signal distress and lure insects in with scents and coloring. Now, researchers have listened in on some of the communication going on in a coral reef, and found that the organisms are saying the equivalent of things like "help me!" and "die!" Finding Nemo, this isn't.

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TAGGED: Ecosystems, Chemical Warfare (organisms), Symbiosis, Fish, Coral Reef, Algae

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