Coesel & collaborators through the Simons Foundation SCOPE-Aloha Program have published a new study in PNAS on light sensing in microbial eukaryotes. Using transcriptomes from microbial cultures and metatranscriptomes from the North Pacific surface ocean, Coesel et al. unveil the diversity of light-sensing elements and photoreceptors used by eukaryotic plankton in the open ocean. Ultimately, these receptors synchronize and stabilize plankton patterns of growth, division, metabolism, and mortality within the dynamic ocean environment.
A figure from Coesel et al., "Diel transcriptional oscillations of light-sensitive regulatory elements in open-ocean eukaryotic plankton communities"