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The CO2 switch in diatoms

Diatoms are important primary producers in the ocean, however their response to rising CO2 is uncertain. Now research shows how diatoms regulate their metabolism in response to changing CO2.

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Figure 1: Metabolic response of T. pseudonana, acclimated to high CO2 in N-limited continuous cultures with constant growth rate.


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Young, J., Morel, F. The CO2 switch in diatoms. Nature Clim Change 5, 722–723 (2015).

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