Microbes, Molecules, and Marine Ecosystems

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Science  12 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5664, pp. 1622-1624
DOI: 10.1126/science.1093892

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Ecosystem complexity has been a huge challenge for marine ecologists and conservation biologists, and recent discoveries of great microbial diversity and abundance have further compounded the problem. In their Perspective, Azam and Worden propose a unifying ecosystems biology approach, treating marine ecosystems as biochemical matrices and molecular architectures.