Biodiversity of Aquatic Protists

Projet terminé

Project affiliated to:
Project leader Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer
Research partners Université Paris Sud, STATION BIO ROSCOFF, UNSA
Budget 500 K€
Cofinanceur publics ANR
Year of labeling 2007
Year of co-financing 2007

Planktonic microbes are the basis of aquatic ecosystems.

Recent studies suggest that within this great morphological diversity, there is an even more important genetic diversity, revealing the presence of cryptic species (morphologically similar but genetically different) that can be adapted to specific ecological niches. The project should improve understanding of the adaptation, speciation and ecology of aquatic protists.