About the Authors

Mina Bižić-Ionescu

Affiliations Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Stechlin, Germany

Rudolf Amann

Affiliation Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

Hans-Peter Grossart

hgrossart@igb-berlin.de

Affiliations Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Stechlin, Germany, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, Potsdam University, Potsdam, Germany, Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB), Berlin, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MBI HPG. Performed the experiments: MBI HPG. Analyzed the data: MBI HPG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HPG. Wrote the paper: MBI RA HPG.