Kleptoplasts mediate nitrogen acquisition in the sea slug Elysia viridis

  title={Kleptoplasts mediate nitrogen acquisition in the sea slug Elysia viridis},
  author={Bart Teugels and Steven Bouillon and Bart Veuger and Jack J. Middelburg and Nico Koedam},
Kleptoplasty is a remarkable form of symbiosis whereby photosynthetically functional algal chloroplasts are retained by the host organism. Certain sacoglossan sea slugs form such associations and some species such as Elysia viridis (Montagu, 1804) can survive for months without access to their food algae. We report evidence for light-dependent assimilation of ammonium, nitrite, and urea (but not nitrate) in E. viridis with functional kleptoplasts. N uptake was decreased in slugs with reduced… CONTINUE READING
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