Digital expression profiling of novel diatom transcripts provides insight into their biological functions
Maheswari U, Jabbari K, Petit JL, Porcel BM, Allen AE, Cadoret JP, De Martino A, Heijde M, Kaas R, La Roche J, Lopez PJ, Martin-Jézéquel V, Meichenin A, Mock T, Schnitzler Parker M, Vardi A, Armbrust EV, Weissenbach J, Katinka M, Bowler C
Diatoms represent the predominant group of eukaryotic phytoplankton in the oceans and are responsible for around 20% of global photosynthesis. Two whole genome sequences are now available. Notwithstanding, our knowledge of diatom biology remains limited because only around half of their genes can be ascribed a function based onhomology-based methods. High throughput tools are needed, therefore, to associate functions with diatom-specific genes.