Low diversity of planktonic bacteria in the tropical ocean.

  title={Low diversity of planktonic bacteria in the tropical ocean.},
  author={Mathias Milici and J{\"u}rgen Tomasch and Melissa L. Wos-Oxley and Hui Wang and Ruy J{\'a}uregui and Am{\'e}lia Camarinha-Silva and Zhi-Luo Deng and Iris Plumeier and H Giebel and Mascha Wurst and Dietmar H. Pieper and M. le Professeur D. Simon and Irene Wagner-D{\"o}bler},
  journal={Scientific reports},
The diversity of macro-organisms increases towards the equator, with almost no exceptions. It is the most conserved biogeographical pattern on earth and is thought to be related to the increase of temperature and productivity in the tropics. The extent and orientation of a latitudinal gradient of marine bacterioplankton diversity is controversial. Here we studied the euphotic zone of the Atlantic Ocean based on a transect covering ~12.000 km from 51°S to 47 °N. Water samples were collected at… CONTINUE READING
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