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Data associated with Matveev et al: Sense Induced Flow - Active use of ambient flow by a deep-sea glass spongeDownload
How flow moves through porous structures like sponges is a fluid dynamic problem that has challenged physical and biological scientists. Sponges possess biological pump cells that are known to drive water flow, and yet their porous bodies have often been proposed to take advantage of ambient...
Sponges (Porifera) are abundant in most marine and freshwater ecosystems, and as suspension feeders they play a crucial role in filtering the water column. Their active pumping enables them to filter up to 900 times their body volume of water per hour, recycling nutrients and coupling the benthic...