PBS | By: Teresa Carey | GPE – January 15, 2018:
When a predator is near, water fleas don their armor. Their bodies produce spikes and helmets to dissuade their attackers.
Originally published January 12, 2018: But in a new study, aquatic biologists at Ruhr University Bochum report that freshwater acidification, the progressive increase of acidity due to excess carbon in the environment, compromises the water flea’s ability to mount this defense.
Moreover, their investigation shows that freshwater acidification may be catching up — and even surpassing — ocean acidification in a race that may harm essential parts of the food chain — like water fleas — and aquatic ecosystems on the whole.
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