Cell death in planktonic, photosynthetic microorganisms

@article{Bidle2004CellDI,
  title={Cell death in planktonic, photosynthetic microorganisms},
  author={Kay D. Bidle and Paul G. Falkowski},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={2},
  pages={643-655}
}
Phytoplankton evolved in the Archaean oceans more than 2.8 billion years ago and are of crucial importance in regulating aquatic food webs, biogeochemical cycles and the Earth's climate. Until recently, phytoplankton were considered immortal unless killed or eaten by predators. However, over the past decade, it has become clear that these organisms can either be infected by viruses or undergo programmed cell death (PCD) in response to environmental stress, resulting in mortality. Here, we… Expand
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