Diversity of dinoflagellate life cycles: facets and implications of complex strategies
Published:January 01, 2013
A. Kremp, 2013. "Diversity of dinoflagellate life cycles: facets and implications of complex strategies", Biological and Geological Perspectives of Dinoflagellates, J. M. Lewis, F. Marret, L. R. Bradley
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The life cycle research of the past years has revealed an unexpectedly high diversity of reproduction and survival strategies. Dinoﬂagellate life cycles often seem to be plastic, i.e. different pathways and mechanisms may be complementary in one and the same species. The diversity of life cycle stages, strategies and regulation mechanisms will have implications for the understanding of ecological processes and functions. Versatility in reproduction and survival strategies will affect genetic diversity patterns and standing genetic variation which are important factors in adaptation to changing conditions and stability against environmental disturbance. Complex regulation mechanisms and multiple cues for life cycle transformations can lead to differences in the magnitude of cyst formation and sedimentation and thereby determine the fate of primary production. Life cycles are an important life history trait of dinoﬂagellates which, in their versatility and complexity, contribute to the functional diversity that structures and determines the functioning of aquatic systems.
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Biological and Geological Perspectives of Dinoflagellates
This volume provides an overview of current research on fossil and modern dinoflagellates, as well as highlighting research areas for future collaboration, following the DINO9 International Conference in Liverpool. The volume is organized into four themes, with a review paper for each theme written by the key-note speaker. Each theme also includes a future research foci note following discussion during the conference. The contributions are organized into the following sections: environmental change, ecology/palaeoecology, life cycles and diversity, and stratigraphy and evolution. Also included are notes from two workshops: culture experiments and dinocysts as palaeoceanographic tracers. This volume will be of interest to both the biological and Micropalaeontological communities.