Human life: caught in the food web



Ecology develops awareness of dynamic interacting parts (whether enzymes and substrates, consumers and autotrophs, or predators and prey) which transfer energy, biomass, and information along chains of cause-and-effect connected events. This review will focus on polyunsaturated lipids that act in sequential steps that link cause to consequence, including some of the crosslinks that weave the chains into a complex web of interactions within habitats. In coastal areas, humans eat abundant supplies of finfish and shellfish that contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) that originated from other life-forms. The PUFA are predominantly synthesized by phytoplankton. Phytoplankton production is mostly consumed by zooplankton or benthic invertebrates such as shellfish which are, in turn, consumed by fish and ultimately by humans when they eat fish.


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