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Nature. 2009 May 14;459(7244):180-4. doi: 10.1038/nature08056.

Microbial oceanography in a sea of opportunity.

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CNRS UMR8186, Department of Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 46 rue d'Ulm, Paris, France. cbowler@biologie.ens.fr

Abstract

Plankton use solar energy to drive the nutrient cycles that make the planet habitable for larger organisms. We can now explore the diversity and functions of plankton using genomics, revealing the gene repertoires associated with survival in the oceans. Such studies will help us to appreciate the sensitivity of ocean systems and of the ocean's response to climate change, improving the predictive power of climate models.

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10.1038/nature08056
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