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Photo: Dr. Alexandro B. Leverkus

Dr. Alexandro B. Leverkus, Universidad de Alcala (Madrid), is an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Ecological Station Fabrikschleichach of the Biocenter (Zoology III) from 01.01.2019 to 31.12.2020. Leverkus is currently researching the topic "Forest disturbances in the Anthropocene: Unravelling ecological interactions between wildfire and (salvage) logging".

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In this multicellular Volvox alga, the novel light sensor 2c-cyclop was labeled with fluorescence (green). It shows up in membranes around the nucleus. (Image: Eva Laura von der Heyde)

Scientists at the Universities of Würzburg and Bielefeld in Germany have discovered an unusual new light sensor in green algae. The sensor triggers a reaction that is similar to one in the human eye.

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Fruit Fly

Insects and mammals have special sensors for different light intensities. These sensors selectively influence the circadian clocks and thereby control daily activity patterns.

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