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Byssus drifting and the drifting threads of the young post-larval mussel Mytilus edulis.
Byssus threads, they found, are composed of a well-designed combination of soft, stretchy material on one end and much stiffer material on the other.
In fact, byssus is even stronger when facing chaotic forces; it can withstand impacts in a dynamic, sloshing environment that are up to nine times stronger than the strain of being pulled in one direction.
Whereas in the control group, normal byssus production and attachment was noticed (Table 4).
However such an environment is conducive to the entrapment of sand particles by the byssus threads of the horse mussels.
A byssal gland, on the proximal end of the foot, secretes a bundle of threads, termed the byssus by which the juvenile scallop anchors itself to an object.
Exactly how these proteins link together to give the material, called byssus, its strength has remained unclear.
Mussels grow in clusters,attaching themselves by means of a byssus, which are numerous threads produced by the mussel itself that allows it to cling to rocks or other supports such as jetties, pier's and gravel beaches.
The byssus, or stringy beard, should be pulled away from the mussel shell.
Two more transformations: son up on the parapet of the Martello Tower, the snot green sea reminding him of the bowl of green bile torn from his mother's rotting liver; man and sea maid from Finn's, the Barnacle with the auburn byssus, swimming into mutual ken on Thor's day, Bloomsday, June 16th, 1904.
In this study, the impacts of a 3 days exposure to three parameters (temperature, pH, and presence/absence of the predator cue of the crab Charybdis japonica) and their interactions on an ecologically important endpoint were evaluated: the byssus production of the mussel Mytilus coruscus.
This protein-based structure is collectively called a byssus.
Its ready-to-set larvae attach with a byssus to hard substrates including other pearl oysters, rocks, dead coral and octocorals, other molluscan shells, and barnacles (Table 1).
For the past 300 million years or so, mussels and other bivalves have largely avoided that fate with a remarkable material called byssus, woven into tough, fibrous threads that enable the animals to anchor themselves--like rock climbers on a windswept cliff--to underwater strongholds.