The Potential of Molecular Ecology

  • Ian Joint
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 38)


The solution of major environmental problems requires a clear understanding of the complex interactions which are part of natural systems. Many important processes, which are poorly understood but which have clear global implications, are mediated by the activity of microbes. Although micro-organisms may have spheres of influence with distance scales of centimetres or less, their combine effect is truly global. However, within any particular environment, microbial biomass and activity can be very variable in both time and space. The challenge to microbial ecologists is to make measurements which are accurate and precise at the scale of a microbial population but which can also be extrapolated to give useful information at local, oceanic basin or global scales.


Biomass Phosphorus Chlorophyll Phytoplankton Assimilation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Joint
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  1. 1.NERC Plymouth Marine LaboratoryPlymouthUK

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