Architecture and material properties of diatom shells provide effective mechanical protection

  title={Architecture and material properties of diatom shells provide effective mechanical protection},
  author={C. Hamm and R. Merkel and O. Springer and Piotr Jurkojc and C. Maier and K. Prechtel and V. Smet{\'a}cek},
Diatoms are the major contributors to phytoplankton blooms in lakes and in the sea and hence are central in aquatic ecosystems and the global carbon cycle. All free-living diatoms differ from other phytoplankton groups in having silicified cell walls in the form of two ‘shells’ (the frustule) of manifold shape and intricate architecture whose function and role, if any, in contributing to the evolutionary success of diatoms is under debate. We explored the defence potential of the frustules as… Expand
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