Many “model” protists are maintained in culture and used, experimentally, to answer questions associated with planktonic processes. Given the current interest and rapidly increasing amount of literature on the heterotrophic dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina, this special issue included a series of focused, interlinked research articles. The authors have included unpublished data and in all cases have offered a synthesis of data and ideas. Cross-paper discourse, emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the work and the utility of O. marina to this end; the issue offers guidance, both practical and intellectual, on how future research related to O. marina might progress.
The issue contains 4 papers authored or co-authored by Dr Keith Davidson, Head of SAMS' Microbial and Molecular Department:
David J. S. Montagnes, Chris D. Lowe, Emily C. Roberts, Mark N. Breckels, Dan E. Boakes, Keith Davidson, Patrick J. Keeling, Claudio H. Slamovits, Michael Steinke, Zhou Yang, Phillip C. Watts
An introduction to the special issue: Oxyrrhis marina, a model organism?
J. Plankton Res. (2011) 33(4): 549-554
Emily C. Roberts, Emma C. Wootton, Keith Davidson, Hae Jin Jeong, Chris D. Lowe, David J. S. Montagnes
Feeding in the dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina: linking behaviour with mechanisms
J. Plankton Res. (2011) 33(4): 603-614
David J. S. Montagnes, Chris D. Lowe, Laura Martin, Phillip C. Watts, Naomi Downes-Tettmar, Zhou Yang,
Emily C. Roberts, Keith Davidson
Oxyrrhis marina growth, sex and reproduction
J. Plankton Res. (2011) 33(4): 615-627
Keith Davidson, Fotoon Sayegh David J. S. Montagnes
Oxyrrhis marina-based models as a tool to interpret protozoan population dynamics
J. Plankton Res. (2011) 33(4): 651-663