The global carbon cycle is affected extensively by the uptake of CO2 by oceanic photosynthetic organisms like algae, cyanobacteria, and diatoms; however, there is little information concerning which individual species and hence which chlorophylls are involved in this part of the cycle. MALDI mass spectrometry offers a new and highly sensitive method for investigating these organisms and provides the potential for highly sensitive pigment-species correlations (in theory allowing analysis of the chlorophylls in a single cell.)

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O'Connor, P.B, Duursma, M.C, Heeren, R.M.A, & Boon, J.J. (1997). Direct MALDI mass spectrometry of algae, cyanobacteria, and diatom cell. In Proceedings ASMS : The 45th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, June 1-5, 1997, Palm Springs, California. [s.n.].