Single cell genomics of deep ocean bacteria

Trends Microbiol. 2014 May;22(5):233-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2014.03.002. Epub 2014 Mar 27.


SAR11 is one of the most abundant bacterioplanktons in the upper surface waters of the oceans. In a recent issue of The ISME Journal, Thrash and colleagues present the genomes of four single SAR11 cells isolated from the deep oceans that are enriched in genes for membrane biosynthetic functions.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Alphaproteobacteria / genetics*
  • Genes, rRNA*
  • Phylogeny*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics*
  • Seawater / microbiology*


  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S