Seminar-Exploring the hidden diversity of the smallest marine protists
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Small protists (up to 3 µm in size) are integral members of marine ecosystems in terms of cell abundance and biomass, and play crucial roles in food webs and biogeochemical cycles. Their diversity can hardly be investigated by standard microscopy, and instead a variety of molecular tools have been applied, unveiling a large phylogenetic diversity and the presence of novel lineages within the assemblage. In this talk I will present a general overview of the taxonomic groups forming these tiny eukaryotic assemblages, with a particular focus on the extent, diversity and functional roles of the unveiled novelty. The combination of large marine datasets and new sequencing capabilities allows a detailed study of their temporal and spatial dynamics in the ocean.
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology