We have just published a new paper in Scientific Reports describing the role of the cytoskeleton in biomineralisation in haptophyte lgae. The results suggest that mechanisms for scale secretion may be common to both calcifcied coccolithophores and the silicifying haptophyte, Prymnesium neolepis. The work was performed by Grazyna Durak during her PhD studies at the MBA.

Confocal image of P.  neolepis showing newly secreted scales (green) and the chloroplast (red)