HANNOVER MESSE 2020, 20 - 24 April


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Alfred Wegener Institut

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Exhibitor details
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Under development
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Plankton forms the basis of the food chain in pelagic ecosystems.
Many planktonic organisms have distinct, highly specialized forms that have evolved over the course of evolution and play a crucial role in the survival of individual species.
In particular, we investigate mechanical aspects of protozoa such as diatoms and radiolarians and their predators, as well as their effects on ecosystems and evolution.
The highly complex diatom shells are formed in hollow forms - the Silica Deposition Vesicles (SDVs). It is still unclear how the cell controls their structuring; it is known that the interaction between cytoskeleton and boundary membrane plays a decisive role. However, it is not known which genome segments are responsible for species-specific geometries. It is planned to investigate this connection.

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