Diatom-associated bacteria are required for aggregation of Thalassiosira weissflogii

@article{Grdes2011DiatomassociatedBA,
  title={Diatom-associated bacteria are required for aggregation of Thalassiosira weissflogii},
  author={Astrid A. G{\"a}rdes and Morten Hvitfeldt Iversen and Hans-Peter Grossart and Uta Passow and Matthias S. Ullrich},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={5},
  pages={436-445}
}
Aggregation of algae, mainly diatoms, is an important process in marine systems leading to the settling of particulate organic carbon predominantly in the form of marine snow. Exudation products of phytoplankton form transparent exopolymer particles (TEP), which acts as the glue for particle aggregation. Heterotrophic bacteria interacting with phytoplankton may influence TEP formation and phytoplankton aggregation. This bacterial impact has not been explored in detail. We hypothesized that… CONTINUE READING
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