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, 437 (7057), 336-42

Genomic Perspectives in Microbial Oceanography

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Genomic Perspectives in Microbial Oceanography

Edward F DeLong et al. Nature.

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  • Nature. 2006 Feb 23;439(7079):1014

Abstract

The global ocean is an integrated living system where energy and matter transformations are governed by interdependent physical, chemical and biotic processes. Although the fundamentals of ocean physics and chemistry are well established, comprehensive approaches to describing and interpreting oceanic microbial diversity and processes are only now emerging. In particular, the application of genomics to problems in microbial oceanography is significantly expanding our understanding of marine microbial evolution, metabolism and ecology. Integration of these new genome-enabled insights into the broader framework of ocean science represents one of the great contemporary challenges for microbial oceanographers.

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