Category Archives: bioluminescent dinoflagellates

A Problem With the Ratchet Idea

I have discussed on this blog the idea that bioluminescent dinoflagellates are kinetitrophic organisms.  The light is evidence of a chemical ratchet that locks the energy flow in one direction, meaning that the cells convert kinetic energy to chemical energy, … Continue reading

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A Billion False Alarms

This photograph from Widipedia Commons was taken by “Bidgee.” If we assume that dinoflagellates use energy to make light (the “energy use” idea) then this is a photograph of a huge number of the tiny organisms flashing because of a … Continue reading

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Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates are Kinetitrophic Organisms

In previous posts I stated that I think bioluminescent dinoflagellates are exhibiting a special type of autotrophic behavior, converting kinetic energy into chemical energy.  I call the process kinetisynthesis or kinetitrophic behavior.  The organisms release a short flash of light … Continue reading

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Bioluminescence in Dinoflagellates

Let’s examine the argument that bioluminescent dinoflagellates are capable of converting kinetic energy into chemical energy—that they are a special type of autotrophic organism that I call kinetitrophic. There is a special irony here because there are a number of … Continue reading

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