Sunday, April 22, 2018

Microbial communities have a seasonal shake-up

Turbulence and nutrient availability drive changes in Red Sea microbes.


​Seasonal changes in turbulence and nutrient availability are shown to shape microbial communities in the Red Sea. “A lot of the marine ecosystem is ultimately based on how microbes live and what they’re doing,” explains research scientist John Pearman, who undertook the study. “Knowing how microbes respond is important to understand how the ecosystem is going to function.”

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Image: Phytoplankton under microscopy: the microbial community underpins  marine food webs, chemical cycling and carbon fixation.
© Joao Curdia

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