What is the role and nature of programmed cell death in phytoplankton ecology?

@article{Franklin2006WhatIT,
  title={What is the role and nature of programmed cell death in phytoplankton ecology?},
  author={Daniel J. Franklin and Corina P. D. Brussaard and John A. Berges},
  journal={European Journal of Phycology},
  year={2006},
  volume={41},
  pages={1 - 14}
}
Cell death is a fundamental process in all metazoan organisms. In contrast, the ecological role of cell death in phytoplankton has been sorely neglected: the causes and biochemistry of cell death, and the quantitative significance of cell death in the ecology of phytoplankton populations and in broader biogeochemical cycles, are not well understood. Metazoan cell death is much better described, due to its accepted roles in the regulation of multicellular life. In metazoan cells, an influential… Expand
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