Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 13, 1667–1676, 2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 1667–1676, 2016

Research article 17 Mar 2016

Research article | 17 Mar 2016

Increasing P limitation and viral infection impact lipid remodeling of the picophytoplankter Micromonas pusilla

Douwe S. Maat et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (19 Dec 2015) by Gerhard Herndl
AR by Douwe Maat on behalf of the Authors (05 Feb 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Feb 2016) by Gerhard Herndl
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (23 Feb 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (28 Feb 2016) by Gerhard Herndl
AR by Douwe Maat on behalf of the Authors (03 Mar 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (06 Mar 2016) by Gerhard Herndl
Short summary
This study shows that the phytoplankter Micromonas pusilla alters its lipid composition when the macronutrient phosphate is in low supply. This reduction in phospholipids is directly dependent on the strength of the limitation. Furthermore we show that, when M. pusilla is infected by viruses, lipid remodeling is lower. The study was carried out to investigate how phytoplankton and its viruses are affected by environmental factors and how this affects food web dynamics.
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