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KleptoSlug

Kleptoplasty: The sea slug that got away with stolen chloroplasts
Open Access mandate for Publications European Commission
  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 949880 Call for proposal: ERC-2020-STG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG Overall Budget: 2,255,460 EURFunder Contribution: 2,255,460 EUR
  • Status: On going
  • Start Date
    01 May 2021
    End Date
    30 Apr 2026
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Description
Rationale: Photosynthesis is almost exclusively restricted to algae and plants, with the exception of some protozoans, flatworms and marine slugs that acquire chloroplasts from algae. In metazoans, the capacity to incorporate functional chloroplasts (kleptoplasty) for long periods of time has only been described in sacoglossan sea slugs. Some species retain kleptoplasts photosynthetically active for several months that persist without access to algal gene products and despite the release of potentially dangerous metabolites, including reactive oxygen species (ROS). While kleptoplasty is intriguing from an evolutionary perspective, there are many unresolved quest...
Description
Rationale: Photosynthesis is almost exclusively restricted to algae and plants, with the exception of some protozoans, flatworms and marine slugs that acquire chloroplasts from algae. In metazoans, the capacity to incorporate functional chloroplasts (kleptoplasty) for long periods of time has only been described in sacoglossan sea slugs. Some species retain kleptoplasts photosynthetically active for several months that persist without access to algal gene products and despite the release of potentially dangerous metabolites, including reactive oxygen species (ROS). While kleptoplasty is intriguing from an evolutionary perspective, there are many unresolved quest...
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