A Fateful Meeting of Two Phytoplankton Species—Chemical vs. Cell-Cell-Interactions in Co-Cultures of the Green Algae Oocystis marsonii and the Cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa

Massive growth of single species of cyanobacteria is a common phenomenon in many eutrophicated waters worldwide. Allelopathic growth control of phytoplankton species is one suggested mechanism, but still controversially discussed. The fact that the synthesis of biological active compounds requires high energy costs and carbon investment for a single cell in… (More)