How will plant cells that live in the oceans and serve as the basic food supply for many of the world’s sea creatures react to climate change?
A University of Iowa biologist and faculty member in the Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics and his colleagues came one step closer to answering that question in a paper published in the April 9 issue of the journal Science.
Debashish Bhattacharya, professor of biological sciences in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is studying a tiny (about one micrometer in diameter) and diverse group of organisms called picoeukaryotes. So far, he has found that organisms from two isolated groups of the genus Micromonas — which thrive in ecosystems ranging from tropical to polar — look the same, but have evolved to contain different gene pools.
Bhattacharya said that understanding how these organisms change involves many issues.