Oceanographic basis of the global surface distribution of Prochlorococcus ecotypes
UNSPECIFIED. (2006) Oceanographic basis of the global surface distribution of Prochlorococcus ecotypes. SCIENCE, 312 (5775). pp. 918-921. ISSN 0036-8075Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1122692
By using data collected during a continuous circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere, we observed clear patterns in the population-genetic structure of Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic organism on Earth, between and within the three Southern Subtropical Gyres. The same mechanisms that were previously invoked to account for the vertical distribution of ecotypes at local scales accounted for the global ( horizontal) patterns we observed. Basin-scale and seasonal variations in the structure and strength of vertical stratification provide a basis for understanding large-scale horizontal distribution in genetic and physiological traits of Prochlorococcus, and perhaps of marine microbial communities in general.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Journal or Publication Title:||SCIENCE|
|Publisher:||AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE|
|Date:||12 May 2006|
|Number of Pages:||4|
|Page Range:||pp. 918-921|
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