Project: Why do animals in the Baltic Sea display symptoms of starvation when there is plenty of food?

Project Members: Samuel Hylander (Lnu), Sanna Majaneva, Emil Fridolfsson (Lnu) and Martin Brüsin (Lnu)
Funding Organizations: Carl Tryggers Stiftelse
Timeframe: 2015 - 2016
Website: Zooplankton Ecology

About the project

Every year massive algal blooms occur in the Baltic Sea. Despite the surplus of food many organisms at higher trophic levels display symptoms of starvation. For example, vitamin and pigment deficiency has been shown in sea birds and in salmon. This contradiction will be addressed in the proposed project covering the transfer of essential biomolecules (vitamins and pigments) from phytoplankton to zooplankton. Special emphasis will be on transfer efficiency over a seasonal cycle and under salt stress.