Research CommentariesOceanography

Microbial Control of Oceanic Carbon Flux: The Plot Thickens

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Science  01 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5364, pp. 694-696
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5364.694

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In his commentary Azam summarizes new work indicating that microbes in the ocean lead much different lives than we had supposed. They ingest both dissolved and particulate carbon and colonize particles of marine snow and other detritus. They can have enormous influence on the overall carbon flux in the ocean's ecosystem.

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