Chloroplast symbiosis in a marine ciliate: ecophysiology and the risks and rewards of hosting foreign organelles

@article{McManus2012ChloroplastSI,
  title={Chloroplast symbiosis in a marine ciliate: ecophysiology and the risks and rewards of hosting foreign organelles},
  author={G. McManus and Donald M. Schoener and Katharine Haberlandt},
  journal={Frontiers in Microbiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={3}
}
Simultaneous use of both heterotrophic and autotrophic metabolism (“mixotrophy”) is common among protists. Strombidium rassoulzadegani is a planktonic mixotrophic marine ciliate that saves chloroplasts from its algal food and obtains a nutritional subsidy via photosynthesis. Cultures from the northeast, northwest, and southwest Atlantic Ocean show similar numerical response parameters (maximum growth rate, food concentration at which growth is half its maximum, and threshold food concentration… Expand
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