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Cycling of Organic Matter by Bacterioplankton in Pelagic Marine Ecosystems: Microenvironmental Considerations

  • Farooq Azam
  • James W. Ammerman
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 13)

Abstract

Recently developed methods for measuring production rates of heterotrophic bacteria have shown that the bacterioplankton is a major route for the flux of material and energy in marine ecosystems (Hagström et al., 1979; Fuhrman and Azam, 1980, 1982; Williams, 1981). Even conservative estimates (Fuhrman and Azam, 1980, 1982) show that the measured bacterial productivity corresponds to 10–50% of the primary productivity.

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Particulate Organic Matter Dissolve Organic Matter Algal Cell Marine Bacterium Dissolve Organic Matter 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Farooq Azam
    • 1
  • James W. Ammerman
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Marine Resources, Scripps Institution of OceanographyUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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