Marine microbial diversity

Sobhana, K S (2015) Marine microbial diversity. [Teaching Resource]

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    Abstract

    Microbes were the only form of life for the first 2-3 billion years of planetary and biological evolution. Life most likely began in the oceans and marine microorganisms are the closest living descendants of the original forms of life. Early marine microorganisms also helped create the conditions under which subsequent life developed. More than two billion years ago, the generation of oxygen by photosynthetic marine microorganisms helped shape the chemical environment in which plants, animals, and all other life forms have evolved. Macroscopic life and planetary habitability completely depend upon the transformations mediated by complex microbial communities. These microscopic factories both aerobic and anaerobic are the essential catalysts for all of the chemical reactions within the biogeochemical cycles. Their unique metabolisms allow marine microbes to carry out many steps of the biogeochemical cycles that other organisms are unable to complete. The smooth functioning of these cycles is necessary for life to continue on earth.

    Item Type: Teaching Resource
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Marine microbial diversity
    Subjects: Fish Biotechnology > Microbiology
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 06:12
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 16:01
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/10431

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