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FunPhy: Fungal infections on phytoplankton — cryptic perturbation of phytoplankton growth, recycling and sedimentation—

01.08.2020 - 31.07.2026
Project manager:
Isabell Klawonn
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

The Emmy Noether Junior Research Group will elucidate the functional and quantitative role of parasitic fungi on phytoplankton blooms and element cycling in brackish and marine waters. Our comprehensive approach will include experimental work on phytoplankton–fungi co-cultures as well as field-sampled plankton communities, spanning from single-cell up to mesoscale-scale flux measurements across the water column.


  • Klawonn, I., S. Van den Wyngaert, A. E. Parada, N. Arandia-Gorostidi, M. J. Whitehouse, H.-P. Grossart and A. E. Dekas (2021). Characterizing the “fungal shunt”: Parasitic fungi on diatoms affect carbon flow and bacterial communities in aquatic microbial food webs. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 118: e2102225118, doi: 10.1073/pnas.2102225118