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Photosynthesis in PHYTOplankton Mixtures to Investigate Community Structuration.

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Project "PhotoPHYTOMICS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 1˙424˙813 €
 EC max contribution 1˙424˙813 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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 Project objective

Phytoplankton is not only at the basis of the marine food chain but also an important buffer of climate changes, given that marine photosynthesis is responsible of 50% of the CO2 fixation on Earth. Despite their central roles in the Ocean, our understanding of the forces that shape the dynamics and structuration of phytoplankton communities is still limited by major methodological constraints in the marine environment. Prominent among them is the difficulty to simultaneously measure physiological responses from each microalga species within mixtures, which prevail in the Ocean. I recently developed an innovative approach based on a physical phenomenon, the Electro-Chromic Shift (ECS) of the photosynthetic pigments, to extract the photosynthetic responses of each species within an assembly. Photosynthesis is an ideal probe, i.e., a gateway to investigate both biotic interactions and abiotic stresses which are major determinants of the structuration of the phytoplankton community, because it is the prime target of those external factors. In this project, I propose to use this method to analyze the effects of three major parameters that contribute to shaping the ecological patterns at sea: differential capacities to harvest nutrients (leading to competition for nutrients); direct inhibition of the metabolism of competitors through the use of secondary metabolites (allelopathy), and, in addition to these biotic interactions, the responses of phytoplankton species to the rapid and intense light changes to which they are subjected. These studies will be conducted both in laboratory conditions and in the field for validation, so that the overall project will ultimately constitute a major breakthrough: it will provide a new tool allowing the study in situ and in real time of the cellular mechanisms giving rise to the ecological patterns observed in the Ocean.


List of deliverables.
Participation on the Open Data Pilot Open Research Data Pilot 2019-02-26 15:20:00

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year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Stefania Viola, Benjamin Bailleul, Jianfeng Yu, Peter Nixon, Julien Sellés, Pierre Joliot, Francis-André Wollman
Probing the electric field across thylakoid membranes in cyanobacteria
published pages: 21900-21906, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1913099116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/43 2020-03-05
2020 Lachlan Dow, Frederike Stock, Alexandra Peltekis, Dávid Szamosvári, Michaela Prothiwa, Adrien Lapointe, Thomas Böttcher, Benjamin Bailleul, Wim Vyverman, Peter G. Kroth, Bernard Lepetit
The Multifaceted Inhibitory Effects of an Alkylquinolone on the Diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum
published pages: , ISSN: 1439-4227, DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201900612
ChemBioChem 2020-03-05
2020 Angela Falciatore, Marianne Jaubert, Jean-Pierre Bouly, Benjamin Bailleul, Thomas Mock
Diatom Molecular Research Comes of Age: Model Species for Studying Phytoplankton Biology and Diversity
published pages: tpc.00158.2019, ISSN: 1040-4651, DOI: 10.1105/tpc.19.00158
The Plant Cell 2020-03-05
2019 Frederike Stock, Michail Syrpas, Shiri Graff van Creveld, Simon Backx, Lander Blommaert, Lachlan Dow, Willem Stock, Ewout Ruysbergh, Bernard Lepetit, Benjamin Bailleul, Koen Sabbe, Norbert De Kimpe, Anne Willems, Peter G. Kroth, Assaf Vardi, Wim Vyverman, Sven Mangelinckx
N -Acyl Homoserine Lactone Derived Tetramic Acids Impair Photosynthesis in Phaeodactylum tricornutum
published pages: 198-203, ISSN: 1554-8929, DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.8b01101
ACS Chemical Biology 14/2 2019-08-29
2018 N. Berne, T. Fabryova, B. Istaz, P. Cardol, B. Bailleul
The peculiar NPQ regulation in the stramenopile Phaeomonas sp. challenges the xanthophyll cycle dogma
published pages: 491-500, ISSN: 0005-2728, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2018.03.013
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1859/7 2019-06-13
2017 Felix Buchert, Benjamin Bailleul, Toru Hisabori
A γ-subunit point mutation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii chloroplast F 1 F o -ATP synthase confers tolerance to reactive oxygen species
published pages: 966-974, ISSN: 0005-2728, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2017.09.001
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1858/12 2019-06-13

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