Heterotrophic Activity in the Sea

  • John E. Hobbie
  • Peter J. leB. Williams

Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jonathan H. Sharp
    Pages 101-120
  3. Richard T. Wright
    Pages 121-154
  4. Åke Hagström, Ulf Larsson
    Pages 249-262
  5. Peter J. Wangersky
    Pages 263-288
  6. Francis A. Richards
    Pages 289-312
  7. John McN. Sieburth
    Pages 405-444
  8. C. Barker Jørgensen
    Pages 445-464
  9. S. C. Brassell, G. Eglinton
    Pages 481-503
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 555-569

About this book


Introduction This book contains papers given at a NATO Advanced Research Institute (A.R.I.) held at Caiscais, Portugal, in November, 1981. The subject of the A.R.I. was marine heterotrophy; this is defined as the process by which the carbon autotrophically fixed into organic compounds by photosynthesis is transformed and respired. Obviously all animals and many microbes are heterotrophs but here we will deal only with the microbes. Also, we restricted the A.R.I. primarily to microbial heterotrophy in the water column even though we recognize that a great deal occurs in sediments. Most of the recent advances have, in fact, been made in the water column because it is easier to work in a fluid, apparently uniform medium. The reason for the A.R.I. was the rapid development of this subject over the past few years. Methods and arguments have flourished so it is now time for a review and for a sorting out. We wish to thank the NATO Marine Science Committee for sharing this view, F. Azam, A.-L. Meyer-Reil, L. Pomeroy, C. Lee, and B. Hargrave for organizational help, and H. Lang and S. Semino for valuable editing aid.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John E. Hobbie
    • 1
  • Peter J. leB. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Marine Biological LaboratoryWoods HoleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Marine MicrobiologyGothenburg UniversityGothenburgSweden

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