Today’s post comes from Elena Litchman:
Kirill has been very successful growing multiple strains of the Baikal’s endemic diatom Aulacoseira baicalensis! To the point that it is communicating with him–its filaments are growing as words (see the photo)! It surely helps that both Kirill and Aulacoseira baikalensis are Baikal expats. Kirill is growing multiple strains at a range of temperatures and we will be taking samples for transcriptomics, proteomics and lipid analyses to understand why Aulacoseira baicalensis is a psychrophile (cold-loving organism).