Microhabitiat for marine research

MIT researcher have build a tiny "microhabitat" to study animal live in the sea. It is a small ecosystem, the reasers like to call a "plankton-eat-plankton world". Their goal is to study microbes life and get insights of how this micro-organism influence the climate. The microhabitat has about the size of a gumstick.

Through photosynthesis and uptake of carbon compounds, diverse planktonic marine microorganisms -- too small to be seen with the naked eye -- help regulate carbon flux in the oceans. Carbon flux refers to the rate at which energy and carbon are transferred from lower to higher levels of the marine food web, and it may have implications for commercial fisheries and other ocean-dependent industries.

As a robot-researcher I instantly have to think of swarm- or particlesystem. Wouldn't is be possible, to engeneer fields or systems, that would give small-scale technolical microbes a home? Maybe it would be possible to contruct special particles, that move and react in a special ecosystem, driven by inner and outer influencing factors, like magnetic fields, air pressure or other kinds of radiations.


Tags: research, biological, giviing-birth, swarm, particle
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