Tiny probes measure cell surface pH in diatoms

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Epifluorescence microscopy of the large marine diatom Odontella sinensis showing the arrangement of the chloroplasts.

Marine diatoms contribute significantly to photosynthesis in our oceans and act as the base of the food chain in many of the most productive fisheries. The process of photosynthesis in phytoplankton is affected by cell size, as the rate at...

MBA member awarded an OBE

Richard Thomson © Plymouth University
A member of the Marine Biological Association has been awarded an OBE in recognition of his research into marine pollution by plastics. Professor Richard Thomson highlighted the presence of microplastic (coining the now familiar term) in the ocean...

Unlocking the microbiome - new report out now

Declan Schroeder. Image Maya Pfaff
Dr Declan Schroeder sampling a bloom of microalgae.
The microbiome is the entire community of microbes within a habitat and the surrounding environmental conditions. It holds arguably the most important and extraordinarily diverse forms of life on the planet, and sustains the biodiversity of life on...