Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 14, 901–920, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-901-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 901–920, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-901-2017

Research article 28 Feb 2017

Research article | 28 Feb 2017

Cyanobacterial endobionts within a major marine planktonic calcifier (Globigerina bulloides, Foraminifera) revealed by 16S rRNA metabarcoding

Clare Bird et al.

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Accurate ecological data on planktic foraminifera (calcifying microbes that play an important role in the carbon cycle) are important for modelling their response to climate change. We studied the species G. bulloides. A lack of algal symbionts and unusual shell chemistry suggest a different life history compared to other spinose species. We demonstrate that G. bulloides hosts cyanobacterial endobionts. This has implications for modelling this species and for understanding its shell chemistry.
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