CBC News – Technology & Science – Leaf-like sea slug feeds on light

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/01/22/tech-biology-solar-sea-slug.html

“U.S. researchers have found that the sea slug Elysia chlorotica can photosynthesize, using energy from light to convert carbon dioxide into sugars. (…) They acquire the ability to photosynthesize by eating algae and incorporating the plants’ tiny chlorophyll-containing structures, called chloroplasts, into their own cells.(…) The chloroplasts from algae aren’t enough in themselves to allow the slugs to live off the sun. The process of photosynthesis requires enzymes and other proteins to keep the chloroplasts working.”

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/01/22/tech-biology-solar-sea-slug.html

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