The parasitic chytrid, Zygorhizidium, facilitates the growth of the cladoceran zooplankter, Daphnia, in cultures of the inedible alga, Asterionella.

@article{Kagami2007ThePC,
  title={The parasitic chytrid, Zygorhizidium, facilitates the growth of the cladoceran zooplankter, Daphnia, in cultures of the inedible alga, Asterionella.},
  author={Maiko Kagami and Eric von Elert and Bastiaan W Ibelings and Arnout de Bruin and Ellen van Donk},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={274 1617},
  pages={
          1561-6
        }
}
In food-web studies, parasites are often ignored owing to their insignificant biomass. We provide evidence that parasites may affect trophic transfer in aquatic food webs. Many phytoplankton species are susceptible to parasitic fungi (chytrids). Chytrid infections of diatoms in lakes may reach epidemic proportions during diatom spring blooms, so that numerous free-swimming fungal zoospores (2-3 microm in diameter) are produced. Analysis shows that these zoospores are rich in polyunsaturated… CONTINUE READING

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