An article published by the marine Physiology team makes the front page of a scientific journal

A recent article by the Physiology Team in the Marine Biology Department has been chosen as the front cover of the September issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, the leading international research journal in comparative physiology. The cover photo was captured using the CSM’s state-of-the-art Leica SP8 confocal microscope and portrays the edge of a reef coral stained with fluorescent calcein dye. The image is repeated in several coloured combinations, in a style reminiscent of the iconic pop artist, Andy Warhol. As well as being aesthetic, the different colour combinations reveal structures within the coral including new skeletal calcium carbonate crystals and the calcifying cells that form them. In the article itself, the Physiology Team used images like these in hour long time-lapses to determine rates at which molecules in seawater can be transported across the coral tissues to the coral skeleton, and how this process is effected by ocean acidification. High level research activities can sometimes be assimilated to Art.



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