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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2001 Jun;4(3):290-5.

Microbial seascapes revisited.

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  • 1Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing, California, USA.


A remarkable array of new discoveries is emerging from studies of naturally occurring marine microbes. These discoveries originate from novel applications of evolving technologies, ranging from molecular phylogenetics to stable isotope analyses, to advanced microscopic techniques, to genomics. As a consequence, new perspectives on the natural history of marine microbes, the inseparable nature of the geological and biological worlds, and a plethora of unexpected new genotypes, phenotypes and physiologies are now being revealed. As our observations of naturally occurring microbes become increasingly more sophisticated, so will theory, technical applications and predictive capabilities in microbial ecology.

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