Finlands Akademi
Namn Peltomaa, Elina
Organisation HY
Projektets titel Mixotrophy in aquatic environments - the true story (maquette)
Beslutnr 276268
Beslutsdatum 10.04.2014
Finansieringsperiod 01.09.2014 - 31.08.2017
Finansiering 305 211
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Beskrivning av projektet
This project focused on mixotrophy, i.e. the ability of algae to use organic nutrients or phagotrophy in addition to photosynthesis and inorganic nutrient uptake. Further, the project focused on kleptoplasty, a phenomenon in which a protists steals chloroplasts form algae and use them for photosynthesis. The research was done at the University of Helsinki and at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, United States. The research hypothesis was that mixotrophy affects the biochemical composition of the organisms, but this was not supported by the results. However, kleptoplastic protozoa were shown to be able to significantly modify their prey populations.