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Gall-forming protistan parasites infect southern bull kelp across the Southern Ocean, with prevalence increasing to the south

Blake, Callum; Thiel, Martin; Lopez, Boris A.; Fraser, Ceridwen

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Protistan pathogens can have devastating effects on marine plants, yet the processes that affect their distributions and infection intensities are poorly understood. Species within the brown algal genus Durvillaea are major ecosystem engineers throughout the sub-Antarctic and cold-temperate Southern Hemisphere, and a newly described genus of protistan parasite, Maullinia, was recently found infecting D. antarctica in Chile. We set out to address 3 key questions. (1) Is there evidence for...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/238283
Source: Marine Ecology Progress Series
DOI: 10.3354/meps12346
Access Rights: Open Access

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