Other project members
Javier Alegria, Elin Lindehoff, Christien Laber, Catherine Legrand
The Formas research council, Crafoord Foundation
1 Aug 2020 -
Ecology (Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)
Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Applications (MPEA)
Linnaeus Knowledge Environment: Water
More about the project
Picophytoplankton are small primary producers composed of cyanobacteria and photosynthetic picoeukaryotes with a diameter of <2 µm. Despite of their small size they are highly abundant in aquatic ecosystems and form the base of the marine food web.
The aim of this project is to investigate mortality (grazing and viral lysis) of Baltic Sea picophytoplankton. This will be done using dilution gradients of bacteria free and virus free seawater. In complementary experiments, growth in response to different nitrogen sources at single cell level will be studied. The project will provide high resolution information on the in situ selective mortality and growth of Baltic Sea picophytoplankton. Knowledge of the factors that control picophytoplankton growth and mortality is of high importance for understanding their role in marine ecosystems and predict consequences of changing environmental conditions.
The project is connected to Linnaeus University Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Microbial model Systems (EEMiS). It is part of the research in the Marine phytoplankton ecology and applications (MPEA) research group and belongs to the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment: Water.