Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Marine plants flee predators

There's something about the relationship between predators and prey that generates enthusiasm in the media.  Associate Professor Susanne Menden-Deuer's discovery, with oceanography graduate student Liz Harvey, of a marine plant that actively flees from predators proved to be a big hit. It was reported by MSNBC, Yahoo News, Canadian Broadcasting, Scientific American, WRNI Radio, National Public Radio's Living on Earth program, The Living Ocean, EcoRI, and many others.  It was even in The Himilayan Times.  The story was also reported in numerous foreign languages, including Italian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Dutch and Polish. The URI press release about the discovery can be found here.