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Microbial ecology of ocean biogeochemistry: a community perspective.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18497289     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The oceans harbor a tremendous diversity of marine microbes. Different functional groups of bacteria, archaea, and protists arise from this diversity to dominate various habitats and drive globally important biogeochemical cycles. Explanations for the distribution of microbial taxa and their associated activity often focus on resource availability and abiotic conditions. However, the continual reshaping of communities by mortality, allelopathy, symbiosis, and other processes shows that community interactions exert strong selective pressure on marine microbes. Deeper exploration of microbial interactions is now possible via molecular prospecting and taxon-specific experimental approaches. A holistic outlook that encompasses the full array of selective pressures on individuals will help elucidate the maintenance of microbial diversity and the regulation of biogeochemical reactions by planktonic communities.
Suzanne L Strom
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  320     ISSN:  1095-9203     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-23     Completed Date:  2008-06-02     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1043-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University, Anacortes, WA 98221, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Archaea / genetics,  growth & development,  physiology*
Bacteria / genetics,  growth & development
Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
Geological Phenomena
Nitrogen / metabolism
Oceans and Seas
Plankton / physiology
Seawater / microbiology*
Sulfur / metabolism
Surface Properties
Reg. No./Substance:
7704-34-9/Sulfur; 7727-37-9/Nitrogen

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