Diversity of picoeukaryotes at an oligotrophic site off the Northeastern Red Sea Coast.

Francisco Acosta, David Ngugi, Ulrich Stingl

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Abstract

Picoeukaryotes are protists ≤ 3 μm composed of a wide diversity of taxonomic groups. They are an important constituent of the ocean's microbiota and perform essential ecological roles in marine nutrient and carbon cycles. Despite their importance, the true extent of their diversity has only recently been uncovered by molecular surveys that resulted in the discovery of a substantial number of previously unknown groups. No study on picoeukaryote diversity has been conducted so far in the main Red Sea basin-a unique marine environment characterized by oligotrophic conditions, high levels of irradiance, high salinity and increased water temperature.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16
JournalAquatic Biosystems
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 20 2013

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