Trophic upgrading of picocyanobacterial carbon by ciliates for nutrition of Daphnia magna

  title={Trophic upgrading of picocyanobacterial carbon by ciliates for nutrition of Daphnia magna},
  author={Dominik Martin-Creuzburg and Alexandre Bec and Eric von Elert},
Unicellular picocyanobacteria, such as species of the genus Synechococcus, are unsuitable for supporting growth and reproduction of Daphnia spp. In Synechococcus spp., long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and sterols are absent, which leads to a low carbon transfer efficiency at the picocyanobacteria–Daphnia spp. interface. Herein, we address the question as to whether ciliates can serve as a trophic link between picocyanobacterial production and Daphnia spp. production, thereby… CONTINUE READING
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