Pili allow dominant marine cyanobacteria to avoid sinking and evade predation.

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dc.contributor.author Aguilo-Ferretjans, M.M.
dc.contributor.author Bosch, R.
dc.contributor.author Puxty, R.J.
dc.contributor.author Latva, M.
dc.contributor.author Zadjelovic, V.
dc.contributor.author Chhun, A.
dc.contributor.author Sousoni, D.
dc.contributor.author Polin, M.
dc.contributor.author Scanlan, D.J.
dc.contributor.author Christie-Oleza, J.A.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-12T07:24:02Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-12T07:24:02Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11201/156111
dc.description.abstract [eng] How oligotrophic marine cyanobacteria position themselves in the water column is currently unknown. The current paradigm is that these organisms avoid sinking due to their reduced size and passive drift within currents. Here, we show that one in four picocyanobacteria encode a type IV pilus which allows these organisms to increase drag and remain suspended at optimal positions in the water column, as well as evade predation by grazers. The evolution of this sophisticated floatation mechanism in these purely planktonic streamlined microorganisms has important implications for our current understanding of microbial distribution in the oceans and predator-prey interactions which ultimately will need incorporating into future models of marine carbon flux dynamics.
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dc.relation.isformatof Versió postprint del document publicat a: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22152-w
dc.relation.ispartof Nature Communications, 2021, vol. 12, num. 1857, p. 1-10
dc.rights (c) Aguilo-Ferretjans, M.M. et al., 2021
dc.subject.classification 57 - Biologia
dc.subject.other 57 - Biological sciences in general
dc.title Pili allow dominant marine cyanobacteria to avoid sinking and evade predation.
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion
dc.date.updated 2021-11-12T07:24:03Z
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22152-w

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