Bacterivory Enhances the Phototrophic Capabilities of an Obligate Phototrophic Ochromonas sp. (Chrys

Parameters: Chlorophyll

Congratulations to Alice Lie who was awarded a Travel Stipend for her poster presentation at ASLO 2017 featuring our Trilogy Laboratory Fluorometer.

Presentation Overview

  • Phagotrophic phytoflagellates are mixotrophic algae that can obtain carbon and energy through both photosynthesis and phagotrophy (bacterivory).

  • There is a spectrum of mixotrophic strategies ranging from predominantly phototrophic to predominantly phagotrophic.

  • Knowledge of different nutritional strategies and metabolism of mixotrophs will enable a better understanding of the functional roles of mixotrophs in communities.

  • Ochromonas is a genus of mixotrophic chrysophytes. Many species are predominantly bacterivores, but Ochromonas sp. strain CCMP1393 is obligately phototrophic.

  • This study investigates the gene expression of Ochromonas sp. strain CCMP1393 under different light regimes and bacteria availability.

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Authors: Alle A.Y. Lie, Zhenfeng Liu, Ramon Terrado, Avery O. Tatters, Karla B. Heidelberg, David A. Caron

Institution: University of Southern California

Location: Los Angeles, CA USA

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