Project: Picocyanobacteria, significant primary producers but largely overlooked players in coastal waters
Tiny single-celled photosynthetic bacteria, picocyanobacteria, contribute significantly to net primary production in the Baltic Sea. In the light of climate change, the distribution and biomass of picocyanobacteria is expected to increase further. In this project, the abundance, seasonal distribution, and carbon fixation of genetically diverse picocyanobacterial subgroups will be investigated. This information will be significant for understanding and predicting the ecological response of picocyanobacteria on a global scale.