The functional roles that marine fungi fulfil are poorly understood, resulting in a lack of knowledge of their ecology and biology.

This research, led by Michael Cunliffe, shows that some marine mycoplankton have a saprotrophic functional role in processing algal polysaccharides and may be involved in the trophic transfer of phytoplankton produced POC in marine food webs.

Read the abstract at Science Direct Algal polysaccharide utilisation by saprotrophic planktonic marine fungi

Find out more about the Cunliffe group and marine microbial biogeochemistry 

Oct 10, 2017 By guba