It’s a microbial world

Left, Karenia brevis; Middle, Cryptopharynx; Right, Ceratium longipes.(Credits: Bob Andersen and D. J. Patterson; D. J. Patterson, L. Amaral-Zettler and V. Edgcomb; avid Patterson, Linda Amaral Zettler, Mike Peglar and Tom Nerad) Worldwide census ups diversity estimates for marine microbes one-hundred-fold. Nature News, Published online April 18, 2010By Jane Qiu Researchers scouring the world’s oceans
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‘Black Box’ Plankton Found to Have Huge Role in Ocean Carbon Fixation

New research shows that eukaryotic phytoplankton account for almost half the ocean’s carbon fixation by phytoplankton.(Credit: iStockphoto/Sebastian Meckelmann) ScienceDaily, Apr. 16, 2010 Scientists at the University of Warwick and the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton have opened “the black box” of eukaryotic phytoplankton and discovered that they actually account for almost half the ocean’s carbon
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Endangered monk seal found dead off Waimanalo

Honolulu AdvertiserA 9-month-old Hawaiian monk seal was found drowned in a gill net Tuesday offshore from Waimanalo.The female, nicknamed Mikala by monk seal volunteers, was seen floating offshore from Bellows Beach at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and brought to shore by lifeguards, said Charles Littnan, lead scientist for NOAA Fisheries’ monk seal research program.The animal was
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Long-distance larvae speed to new undersea vent homes

“Pioneer” vent species travel hundreds of kilometers to settle new deep-ocean territories. (Credit: Nicole Rager-Fuller, National Science Foundation) Marine scientists discover ocean “superhighway” for tiny life forms National Science FoundationApril 13, 2010 Working in a rare, “natural seafloor laboratory” of hydrothermal vents that had just been rocked by a volcanic eruption, scientists from the Woods
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