MixITiN Conference 19-20 January 2021

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International Conference on Mixoplankton 19-20 January 2021

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Marine plankton are organisms that, effectively, drift in the oceans. Photosynthetic microbial plankton, traditionally termed “phytoplankton”, are responsible for 50% of global CO2 fixation. Some 60% that biomass is then grazed by single-celled “protozooplankton”. However, the last 10 years have seen a paradigm shift in our understanding of this food-web. The dichotomy between “plant-like phytoplankton” and “animal-like protozooplankton” is now recognised as, at best, a gross simplification. Many “phytoplankton” and “protozooplankton” actually combine photosynthesis (primary production) and feeding (secondary production) in the one cell. These organisms are termed the mixoplankton and, as a functional group, they have a global distribution . Through neglecting to recognise the commonality of mixoplanktonic activity, marine science has literally only been studying half of the physiology and ecology of a major life form on Earth and water quality management and fisheries policies are similarly conflicted. To understand how plankton ecology will react to climate change we need to understand how mixoplankton will respond. The aim of the conference is to review recent developments in mixoplankton research.

The conference is enabled through the EU-funded H2020-MSCA-ITN MixITiN programme. MixITiN, led by Cardiff University, brings together world-class European research and training centres from nine different countries, with skillsets from molecular biology, physiology and computer modelling, to marine and coastal zone management, public and media engagement.

For full programme and further information please visit www.mixotroph.org

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 766327.

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