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AME 76:189-194 (2015)  -  DOI:

The 100 µm length scale in the microbial ocean

Roman Stocker*

Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland
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ABSTRACT: Marine microorganisms live and interact at the microscale. Yet, in a field traditionally dominated by human-scale sampling approaches, we are only just beginning to develop an appreciation for the importance of microbial microscale processes. Here, I propose that the 100 µm length scale is a useful yardstick to measure and develop an intuition for this rich microscale world, because it characterizes a range of physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in a microbe’s quotidian journey through the sea.

KEY WORDS: Marine microbes · Microscale interactions · Microbial ecology · Gradients · Chemotaxis · Motility · Turbulence

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Cite this article as: Stocker R (2015) The 100 µm length scale in the microbial ocean. Aquat Microb Ecol 76:189-194.

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