The Role of Vanadium in the Chemical Defense of the Solitary Tunicate, Phallusia nigra

@article{Odate2007TheRO,
  title={The Role of Vanadium in the Chemical Defense of the Solitary Tunicate, Phallusia nigra},
  author={S. Odate and J. Pawlik},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={33},
  pages={643-654}
}
Ascidians (sea squirts) may defend themselves from predators, biofouling competitors, and bacterial infection by producing secondary metabolites or sequestering acid, but many species also accumulate heavy metals, most notably vanadium. The defensive functions of heavy metals in ascidians remain unclear, and to this end, the solitary Caribbean tunicate, Phallusia nigra, was studied to localize vanadium in its tissues and to assess the defensive properties of vanadium-containing compounds. As… Expand
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