A vacuole-like compartment concentrates a disordered calcium phase in a key coccolithophorid alga

@inproceedings{Sviben2016AVC,
  title={A vacuole-like compartment concentrates a disordered calcium phase in a key
coccolithophorid alga},
  author={Sanja Sviben and Assaf Gal and Matthew A. Hood and Luca Bertinetti and Yael Politi and Mathieu Bennet and Praveen Krishnamoorthy and Andreas Schertel and Richard Wirth and Andrea Sorrentino and Eva Pereiro and Damien Faivre and Andr{\'e} Scheffel},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2016}
}
Coccoliths are calcitic particles produced inside the cells of unicellular marine algae known as coccolithophores. They are abundant components of sea-floor carbonates, and the stoichiometry of calcium to other elements in fossil coccoliths is widely used to infer past environmental conditions. Here we study cryo-preserved cells of the dominant coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi using state-of-the-art nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy. We identify a compartment, distinct from the coccolith… CONTINUE READING