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Nature. 2005 Sep 15;437(7057):349-55.

Marine microorganisms and global nutrient cycles.

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Department of Geophysics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-2215, USA.

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  • Nature. 2005 Nov 3:438(7064):122.


The way that nutrients cycle through atmospheric, terrestrial, oceanic and associated biotic reservoirs can constrain rates of biological production and help structure ecosystems on land and in the sea. On a global scale, cycling of nutrients also affects the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Because of their capacity for rapid growth, marine microorganisms are a major component of global nutrient cycles. Understanding what controls their distributions and their diverse suite of nutrient transformations is a major challenge facing contemporary biological oceanographers. What is emerging is an appreciation of the previously unknown degree of complexity within the marine microbial community.

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