Significant contribution of Archaea to extant biomass in marine subsurface sediments

  title={Significant contribution of Archaea to extant biomass in marine subsurface sediments},
  author={J. S. Lipp and Y. Morono and F. Inagaki and K. Hinrichs},
  • J. S. Lipp, Y. Morono, +1 author K. Hinrichs
  • Published 2008
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Deep drilling into the marine sea floor has uncovered a vast sedimentary ecosystem of microbial cells. Extrapolation of direct counts of stained microbial cells to the total volume of habitable marine subsurface sediments suggests that between 56 Pg (ref. 1) and 303 Pg (ref. 3) of cellular carbon could be stored in this largely unexplored habitat. From recent studies using various culture-independent techniques, no clear picture has yet emerged as to whether Archaea or Bacteria are more… CONTINUE READING

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