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Krill winter diet discovery predicts global warming will threaten tiny creature as well as Antarctic ecosystem

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Jia, Z and Lieser, JL, Krill winter diet discovery predicts global warming will threaten tiny creature as well as Antarctic ecosystem, ABC News - Jane Ryan, ABC News, Hobart, Tasmania, 5 Sept 2014, Online, p. 1. (2014) [Newspaper Article]


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Abstract

Scientists have made a discovery about the winter diet of krill that they predict could have a dramatic flow-on effect on the Antarctic food chain. Scientists are concerned global warming could see stocks of the tiny shrimp-like creatures dwindle, along with all the creatures that depend on it. Krill is the staple diet of almost all Antarctic animals, from whales to penguins. Until now, exactly what the tiny creature eats to survive the long, dark, winter months has been a mystery. While it has long been known that krill eat phytoplankton (tiny plants) during the summer months, Professor Molly Jiu from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC (ACE CRC) has made it her mission to uncover their winter diet.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Krill, Antarctic ecosystem, tiny creature
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Jia, Z (Miss Molly Jia)
UTAS Author:Lieser, JL (Dr Jan Lieser)
ID Code:94304
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-09-05
Last Modified:2014-09-05
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