Oceanic 18S rDNA sequences from picoplankton reveal unsuspected eukaryotic diversity

  title={Oceanic 18S rDNA sequences from picoplankton reveal unsuspected eukaryotic diversity},
  author={Seung Yeo Moon-van der Staay and Rupert De Wachter and Daniel Vaulot},
Picoplankton—cells with a diameter of less than 3 µm—are the dominant contributors to both primary production and biomass in open oceanic regions. However, compared with the prokaryotes, the eukaryotic component of picoplankton is still poorly known. Recent discoveries of new eukaryotic algal taxa based on picoplankton cultures suggest the existence of many undiscovered taxa. Conventional approaches based on phenotypic criteria have limitations in depicting picoplankton composition due to their… CONTINUE READING
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