The nature of the diatom Leptocylindrus mediterraneus (Bacillariophyceae), host of the enigmatic symbiosis with the stramenopile Solenicola setigera

@article{Gmez2016TheNO,
  title={The nature of the diatom Leptocylindrus mediterraneus (Bacillariophyceae), host of the enigmatic symbiosis with the stramenopile Solenicola setigera},
  author={Fernando G{\'o}mez and Taiz L. L. Sim{\~a}o and Laura R. P. Utz and Rubens M. Lopes},
  journal={Phycologia},
  year={2016},
  volume={55},
  pages={265 - 273}
}
Abstract: The consortium between the colonial stramenopile Solenicola setigera and the centric chain-forming diatom Leptocylindrus mediterraneus is cosmopolitan throughout the world ocean yet rarely abundant. However, the nature of the association remains enigmatic. A mutualistic symbiosis requires a live diatom host, but the frustule of L. mediterraneus is apparently empty, lacking protoplasm and plastids. The parasitism requires free-living host cells to be infected, but there is no evidence… 
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