First harmful algal bloom species genome sequenced

The microscopic phytoplankton Aureococcus anophagefferens, which causes devastating brown tides, may be tiny but it’s proven to be a fierce competitor.
In the first genome sequencing of a harmful algal bloom species, researchers found that Au…

Efficient phosphorus use by phytoplankton

Rapid turnover and remodelling of lipid membranes could help phytoplankton cope with nutrient scarcity in the open ocean.
A team led by Patrick Martin of the National Oceanography Centre has shown that a species of planktonic marine alga can rapi…

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