06 Dec '11, 6am

Scientists in Japan study oyster 'language', which could help warn of possible problems in seawater

Scientists in Japan study oyster 'language', which could help warn of possible problems in seawater

Scientists in Japan have begun studying the 'language' of oysters in an effort to find out what they are saying about their environment. -- ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN TOKYO (AFP) - Scientists in Japan have begun studying the 'language' of oysters in an effort to find out what they are saying about their environment. Researchers are monitoring the opening and closing of the molluscs in response to changes in seawater, such as reduced oxygen or red tide, a suffocating algal bloom, that can lead to mass die-offs. Using a device they have nicknamed the 'kai-lingual', a play on the Japanese word 'kai' or shellfish, scientists from Kagawa University want to see if they can decode oyster movements that might warn of possible problems. The 'kai-lingual' uses a series of sensors and magnets to send information on the opening and closing of shells in response to environmental changes. T...

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