Context: Dinoflagellate cells are able to emit bioluminescence. Some species, like Lingulodinium Polyedrum (LP), emit bright blue light flashes once submitted to a shear stress. This is supposedly related to a defence mechanism against predators. From the physics point of view, these cells can be viewed as local stress sensor. The intensity of light has been shown to be proportional to the applied stress (Maldonado & Latz, 2007; Marcinko et al., 2013; Cussatlegras & Le Gal, 2007).

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