Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 21 Issue 04

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Volume 21, No. 4
Pages 205 - 206

BOOK REVIEW • Microbial Ecology of the Oceans (Second Edition)

Lawrence R. Pomeroy
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For much of the twentieth century, marine microbial ecology was considered to be a minor and relatively unimportant aspect of oceanography. A lack of appropriate methodology led microbiologists to believe that bacteria were not abundant or particularly active. That view began to change with the development of an improved method for counting marine bacteria (Hobbie et al., 1977), which showed them to be much more abundant than conventional methods had suggested. Research accelerated after publication of a method for measuring bacterial secondary production (Fuhrman and Azam, 1982) and of a sensitive method for measuring microbial respiration in the ocean (Williams and Jenkinson, 1982). Data gathered with these improved methods left no doubt that bacterial growth and respiration constituted a major carbon flux in the ocean.


Pomeroy, L.R. 2008. Review of Microbial Ecology of the Oceans (Second Edition), edited by D.L. Kirchman. Oceanography 21(4):205–206, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.26.


Fuhrman, J.A., and F. Azam. 1982. Thymidine incorporation as a measure of hetrotrophic bacterioplankton production in marine surface waters: Evaluation and field results. Marine Biology 66:109–120.

Hobbie, J.E., R.J. Daley, and S. Jasper. 1977. Use of nuclepore filters for counting bacteria by fluorescent microscopy. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 33:1,225–1,228.

Williams, P.J. leB., and N.W. Jenkinson. 1982. A transportable microprocessor-controlled precise Winkler titrator suitable for field station and shipboard use. Limnology and Oceanography 27:576–584.