Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 20 Issue 02

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Volume 20, No. 2
Pages 47 - 55


Genomes of Sea Microbes

By Mary Ann Moran  and E. Virginia Armbrust  
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Genomics is the study of the genetic information encoded by all the nucleotides possessed by an organism. For oceanographers, genomics provides detailed information on the many genes that drive biogeochemical activities of ocean-dwelling microbes. Carbon fixation, nitrogen fixation, sulfur gas formation, CO2 production, and many other critical processes are underlain by the collective action of genes inside individual microbial cells in the ocean environment. In essence, genomics provides access to those genes and serves as an important step toward understanding their role in the ocean environment.


Moran, M.A., and E.V. Armbrust. 2007. Genomes of sea microbes. Oceanography 20(2):47–55, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2007.47.

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