photophilic


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photophilic

 [fo″to-fil´ik]
thriving in light.

photophilic

(fō′tə-fĭl′ĭk) also

photophilous

(fō-tŏf′ə-ləs)
adj. Biology
Growing or functioning best in strong light.
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It is possible that in infected individuals the level of serotonin due to increased temperature and parasitic infection combine in the gammarid brain to produce a higher photophilic response.
In all the experiments described herein, I used a simple robot-control program, which essentially implements a photophilic Braitenberg vehicle (Braitenberg 1984).
Control Program for the Photophilic Robot, Which Sets the Left and Right Motor Speed Values as a Function of the Six Frontal Light Sensors (Numbered 0-5).
The "forests" of upright seaweeds create conditions on the substrate that prevent the growth of other seaweeds that need a lot of light to grow (photophilic), but favor those that prefer low light intensity (sciaphilic).
Uninfected Gammarus lacustris, Hyalella azteca, and Gammarus pulex are photophobic and negatively phototactic, but infection with various orange Acanthocephala species reversed their photoreaction: they became photophilic and positively phototactic.