Research Highlight Video on Complex Behavior in Simple Organisms

University News | February 28, 2019

A new video on Hokkaido University’s YouTube channel highlights the surprisingly complex behavior exhibited by seemingly simple microorganisms. The video features the research of Hokkaido University’s Assistant Professor Yukinori Nishigami and his collaborators.

By a combination of microscopy observations and computer models, they studied how certain types of microorganisms, called ciliates, can switch from swimming in bulk water to grazing for food on surfaces. To find out what they discovered, and what it means for our general view on what creates complexity in living things, watch our new video!