Review of genetic variation in marine phytoplankton species and the ecological implications

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Abstract

Within local populations, individual cells have different reproduction rates and various biochemical and physiological characteristics that are the result of genetic variability. In general, however, differences among cells within a population are relatively small. In some species that live in more than one habitat or water mass, genetic differentiation has developed. This leads to much larger genetic differences between populations, often as large as the differences between species. Significant genetic changes occur in highly seasonal coastal waters but not in the more constant oceanic waters. Genetic variation is a mechanism by which many marine phytoplankton species have expanded their ecological distribution in time and space. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-409
Number of pages13
JournalBiological Oceanography
Volume6
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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