The diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus: A model alga to understand cold‐adapted life

Antonia Otte, Johanna C. Winder, Longji Deng, Jeremy Schmutz, Jerry Jenkins, Igor V. Grigoriev, Amanda Hopes, Thomas Mock

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Diatoms are significant primary producers especially in cold, turbulent, and nutrient-rich surface oceans. Hence, they are abundant in polar oceans, but also underpin most of the polar food webs and related biogeochemical cycles. The cold-adapted pennate diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus is considered a keystone species in polar oceans and sea ice because it can thrive under different environmental conditions if temperatures are low. In this perspective paper, we provide insights into the latest molecular work that has been done on F. cylindrus and discuss its role as a model alga to understand cold-adapted life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-306
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Phycology
Issue number2
Early online date1 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • cold adaptation
  • diatom
  • evolution
  • Fragilariopsis
  • genome
  • phytoplankton

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