About the Phaeodactylum tricornutum genome
Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a cosmopolitan marine pennate diatom, unicellular brown algae that likely arose from the endocytobiosis of a red alga into a single-celled heterotroph. P. tricornutum cells can undergo morphological transitions between three possible morphotypes, change in the cell shape stimulated by environmental conditions.
Taxonomy ID 556484
Data source Ensembl Protists
P. tricornutum ESTs were sequenced from 16 different cDNA libraries. These libraries were constructed from cells cultured under different conditions in order to investigate the molecular basis for responses to various nutrient and stress conditions and changes in cell morphotype. These ESTs were aligned to the genome using exonerate.