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Marine phytoplankton as biogeochemical drivers: Scaling from membranes and single cells to populations

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Project "SEACELLS" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙704˙190 €
 EC max contribution 2˙704˙190 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2020-09-30


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 Project objective

SEACELLS addresses fundamental questions in phytoplankton biology from cellular to population scales. Our recent studies of phytoplankton, primitive photosynthetic marine protists that play important roles in ocean biogeochemical cycles, are providing exciting new information on the roles and evolution of membrane transport, cell signalling and metabolic regulation. The research builds on a number of recent findings, including the discovery of cell membrane properties that were thought to be typical of animal cells but now must be considered to be of much more ancient origin. The proposed 5-year programme brings together single cell biophysics, imaging and state of the art molecular biology with in situ studies of natural oceanic phytoplankton populations, focussing principally on two significant groups, the diatoms and coccolithophores. A major aim is to gain critical mechanistic understanding of membrane transport, cellular regulation and key physiological processes at the single cell level along with information on the microenvironment that surrounds cells. This will be used in conjunction with modelling studies to determine how phytoplankton cells regulate their immediate environment and how this in turn interacts with metabolic activity. In order to understand how the physiological properties of single cells in the laboratory translate to behaviour of natural populations we will examine cell physiological properties in natural populations. Knowledge of cell- to-cell variability will provide insights into the plasticity of populations and their responses to changing ocean conditions. Underpinning this is the transfer of single cell technology developed in the laboratory to ship-board platforms. SEACELLS presents a discipline-spanning approach, providing opportunities for cross-fertilization of knowledge and ideas from molecular biology through cell biophysics to in situ oceanography with wide reaching outcomes.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Abdul Chrachri, Brian M. Hopkinson, Kevin Flynn, Colin Brownlee, Glen L. Wheeler
Dynamic changes in carbonate chemistry in the microenvironment around single marine phytoplankton cells
published pages: 74 (1-12), ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02426-y
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-07-05
2017 Kai H. Edel, Elodie Marchadier, Colin Brownlee, Jörg Kudla, Alistair M. Hetherington
The Evolution of Calcium-Based Signalling in Plants
published pages: R667-R679, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.05.020
Current Biology 27/13 2019-07-05
2016 Peter Bickerton, Simone Sello, Colin Brownlee, Jon K. Pittman, Glen L. Wheeler
Spatial and temporal specificity of Ca 2+ signalling in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in response to osmotic stress
published pages: 920-933, ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.14128
New Phytologist 212/4 2019-07-05
2016 F. M. Monteiro, L. T. Bach, C. Brownlee, P. Bown, R. E. M. Rickaby, A. J. Poulton, T. Tyrrell, L. Beaufort, S. Dutkiewicz, S. Gibbs, M. A. Gutowska, R. Lee, U. Riebesell, J. Young, A. Ridgwell
Why marine phytoplankton calcify
published pages: e1501822-e150182, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501822
Science Advances 2/7 2019-07-05
2018 Charlotte E. Walker, Alison R. Taylor, Gerald Langer, Grażyna M. Durak, Sarah Heath, Ian Probert, Toby Tyrrell, Colin Brownlee, Glen L. Wheeler
The requirement for calcification differs between ecologically important coccolithophore species
published pages: 147-162, ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.15272
New Phytologist 220/1 2019-04-18

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