Bacterioplankton RNA , DNA , protein content and relationships to rates of thymidine and leucine incorporation

  title={Bacterioplankton RNA , DNA , protein content and relationships to rates of thymidine and leucine incorporation},
  author={Wade H. Jeffreyl and Robin Von Haven and Richard B. Coffin},
Bacterial n~acromolecules have often been used successfully as estimates of bacterial biomass in environmental samples. Less is known about the relationship between macromolecular content and rates of growth and activity. The ratio of RNA to DNA in bacteria has long been thought to be proportional to levels of metabolic activity and growth. We have used the nucleic acid fluorochrome thiazole orange combined with specific nuclease digestions to determine RNA:DNA ratios and compared these data to… CONTINUE READING
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