Filter-feeding, near-field flows, and the morphologies of colonial choanoflagellates

11 Jul 2016 Kirkegaard Julius B. Goldstein Raymond E.

Efficient uptake of nutrients from the environment is an important component in the fitness of all microorganisms, and its dependence on size may reveal clues to the origins of evolutionary transitions to multicellularity. Because potential benefits in uptake rates must be viewed in the context of other costs and benefits of size, such as varying predation rates and the increased metabolic costs associated with larger and more complex body plans, the uptake rate itself is not necessarily that which is optimized by evolution... (read more)

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  • SOFT CONDENSED MATTER
  • BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS
  • CELL BEHAVIOR