Project description

Unicellular picocyanobacteria are ubiquitously distributed in the world’s oceans and play an important role as primary producers.  Despite their small cell diameters (e.g. < 2.0 mm), many are well adapted to the prevailing light field in the photic zone by their pigment composition. In the Baltic Sea a unique pigment operon was identified from a metagenomic library, which was closely related to picocyanobacteria. 

Fig 2. A. Baltic picocyanobacteria culture collection in Foster’s Lab. B 2 strains: high PC rich (left), PE rich (right).

Later these were isolated into culture and now we want to determine if the novel pigment is functioning. This Masters project requires an interest in both field and lab based work; the student is expected to participate on monthly expeditions to the monitoring sites in the Baltic. 

For more information about the position please contact Dr. Rachel A: Foster by email: