Strombidium rassoulzadegani: A Model Species for Chloroplast Retention in Oligotrich Ciliates

  title={Strombidium rassoulzadegani: A Model Species for Chloroplast Retention in Oligotrich Ciliates},
  author={G. McManus and W. Liu and Rachel Cole and D. Biemesderfer and Jennifer L. Mydosh},
  journal={Frontiers in Marine Science},
Strombidium rassoulzadegani is a planktonic ciliate that retains chloroplasts from its food and uses them to obtain a nutritional supplement from photosynthesis. Unlike most members of the Oligotrichida, it is not difficult to grow in culture and thus it can serve as an experimental model for this kind of mixotrophy. We report here on its distribution, seasonal pattern of occurrence in the western North Atlantic, and on experiments to elucidate patterns of encystment and excystment, preferred… Expand
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