MBA researcher Dr Katherine Helliwell has published a new review examining how and why many important species of marine phytoplankton need vitamins in order to survive. Vitamins often act as co-factors for essential metabolic pathways, although many algae are unable to synthesise their own vitamins and must obtain them from neighbouring organisms in their environment. Vitamin nutrition therefore appears to play an important role in marine ecosystems and underpins a complex network of interactions between phytoplankton and certain types of marine bacteria that we are only just beginning to understand. The full article can be accessed by following the link below.
Katherine E. Helliwell
New Phytologist DOI: 10.1111/nph.14669