Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Is it true that salamanders can do photosynthesis?
It appears that researchers have located spotted salamanders that have photosynthetic algae living inside their cells. This intracellular algae are providing the products of photosynthesis, oxygen and water, to the salamander's cells. This is the first time a relationship between algae and a vertebrate has been discovered.
The researcher, Ryan Kerney, says "the surrounding salamander cells that contain the algae often have several mitochondria bordering the algal symbiont" This makes it very convenient for the cells to use the glucose made during photosynthesis and turn it into ATP.