Diatoms represent the major component of phytoplankton and are responsible for about 20–25% of global primary production. Hundreds of millions of years of evolution led to tens of thousands of species differing in dimensions and morphologies. In particular, diatom porous silica cell walls, the frustules, are characterized by an extraordinary, species-specific diversity.
31 Oct 2017
Volume: 35 Pages: 1-18