Niche Partitioning Among Prochlorococcus Ecotypes Along Ocean-Scale Environmental Gradients

@article{Johnson2006NichePA,
  title={Niche Partitioning Among Prochlorococcus Ecotypes Along Ocean-Scale Environmental Gradients},
  author={Zackary I. Johnson and Erik R. Zinser and Allison Coe and Nathan P McNulty and E. Malcolm S. Woodward and Sallie W. Chisholm},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={311},
  pages={1737 - 1740}
}
Prochlorococcus is the numerically dominant phytoplankter in the oligotrophic oceans, accounting for up to half of the photosynthetic biomass and production in some regions. Here, we describe how the abundance of six known ecotypes, which have small subunit ribosomal RNA sequences that differ by less than 3%, changed along local and basin-wide environmental gradients in the Atlantic Ocean. Temperature was significantly correlated with shifts in ecotype abundance, and laboratory experiments… Expand

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