UF/IFAS Scientists to Shed Light on Aquatic Symbiosis With a Squid (Lake Okeechobee News)

UF/IFAS Scientists to Shed Light on Aquatic Symbiosis With a Squid

The Hawaiian bobtail squid is a glowing example of aquatic symbiosis. It stands out as a unique cephalopod that lives with a light organ run by a luminescent bacterium, or microbes. The bacterium allows the squid to use light as camouflage against predators.

A team of researchers has received a $550,000 grant by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to study the aquatic symbiotic properties in the squid for the next three years. Jamie Foster, principal investigator and UF/IFAS professor in microbiology and cell science is spearheading the project with Carlos Rinaldi, dean’s leadership professor and chair of the department of chemical engineering, and David P. Arnold, UF’s George Kirkland engineering leadership professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering.

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