It has recently been established that sponges in Carribean coral reef ecosystems take up dissolved organic matter and convert it into particulate organic matter that is used by other coral reef organisms as a source of energy and nutrients. This energy-recycling pathway is known as the sponge loop. Brittany Alexander investigates the underlying cellular mechanisms of this pathway and the effect of sponge physiology on cell proliferation, shedding and detritus production.
B.E. Alexander: Cell Turnover in Marine Sponges: Insight into Poriferan Physiology and Nutrient Cycling in Benthic Ecosystems.
Prof. W. Admiraal
Dr H.G. van der Geest
Dr J.M. de Goeij
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