Photosynthetic organisms play a crucial role in the marine environment. In vast areas of the oceans, most of this marine production is performed by cells smaller than 2-3 μm (picoplankton). This chapter describes molecular analyses of the conserved photosynthetic psbA gene (protein D1 of photosystem II reaction center) as a diversity indicator of naturally occurring marine oxygenic picophytoplankton and of marine cyanophages carrying photosynthesis genes.
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- Molecular Biology