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Microbial structuring of marine ecosystems.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17853906     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite the impressive advances that have been made in assessing the diversity of marine microorganisms, the mechanisms that underlie the participation of microorganisms in marine food webs and biogeochemical cycles are poorly understood. Here, we stress the need to examine the biochemical interactions of microorganisms with ocean systems at the nanometre to millimetre scale--a scale that is relevant to microbial activities. The local impact of microorganisms on biogeochemical cycles must then be scaled up to make useful predictions of how marine ecosystems in the whole ocean might respond to global change. This approach to microbial oceanography is not only helpful, but is in fact indispensable.
Farooq Azam; Francesca Malfatti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature reviews. Microbiology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1740-1534     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat. Rev. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-14     Completed Date:  2007-10-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101190261     Medline TA:  Nat Rev Microbiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  782-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bacteria / metabolism*
Food Chain
Oceans and Seas
Seawater / microbiology*
Water Microbiology*
Erratum In:
Nat Rev Microbiol. 2007 Dec;5(12):966

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