Are prokaryotic cell shape and size suitable to ecosystem characterization?

  title={Are prokaryotic cell shape and size suitable to ecosystem characterization?},
  author={Rosabruna La Ferla and Giovanna Maimone and Gabriella Caruso and Filippo Azzaro and Maurizio Azzaro and Franco Decembrini and Alessandro Cosenza and Maritza Leonardi and Rodolfo Paranhos},
Estimation of microbial biomass depends on cell shape and size determinations, and thus, there is a wide biovolume variability among morphotypes. Nevertheless, data on morphology and morphometry of prokaryotic cells under different trophic status are seldom published, due to the methodological difficulties of cell measurements. The main question addressed in this paper concerns the suitability of prokaryotic size and shape for environmental characterization. Microbial biovolumes were compared… CONTINUE READING
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