Cultivation of the ubiquitous SAR11 marine bacterioplankton clade

@article{Rapp2002CultivationOT,
  title={Cultivation of the ubiquitous SAR11 marine bacterioplankton clade},
  author={Michael S. Rapp{\'e} and Stephanie A. Connon and Kevin L. Vergin and Stephen J. Giovannoni},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={418},
  pages={630-633}
}
The α-proteobacterial lineage that contains SAR11 and related ribosomal RNA gene clones was among the first groups of organisms to be identified when cultivation-independent approaches based on rRNA gene cloning and sequencing were applied to survey microbial diversity in natural ecosystems. This group accounts for 26% of all ribosomal RNA genes that have been identified in sea water and has been found in nearly every pelagic marine bacterioplankton community studied by these methods. The SAR11… 

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