An international team, including researchers from the Institut de mécanique des fluides de Toulouse (IMFT, CNRS/Toulouse INP/UT3 Paul Sabatier), the ETH University in Zurich and the University of Sheffield, has been working on quantifying why some micro-organisms swim as chains, much like a line of cyclists. The new work suggests that these mechanisms are important for many gyrotactic phytoplankton species in helping them cross turbulent areas of the ocean in a vertical direction. These results are published in Science Advances.
Read the research paper: Chain formation can enhance the vertical migration of phytoplankton through turbulence. S. Lovecchio, E. Climent, R. Stocker and W. M. Durham. Science Advances 10.1126/sciadv.aaw7879