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Monday, 25 May 2015 21:00

Researchers have spent 3.5 years in the ocean during a mission to study the plankton - they visited 210 locations worldwide, and have overcome some 140 thoUSAnd kilometers. Having studied 35,000 samples of plankton, they found his area of ​​distribution and ways of interaction, as well as genetic analyzes done.

The head of the mission said Chris Bowler, plankton - a vital part of the Earth's biomass. These tiny microbes every year generate half of the oxygen on our planet with the help of photosynthesis. Plankton in the first position in the food chain of the oceans due to him from our atmosphere carbon dioxide is also removed.

In the unique study of DNA chains, scientists have identified 40 million genes - genetic diversity of plankton was much more extensive than previously thought, according to Tass. Oceanographer of the University of Arizona Jennifer Broome said that due to bacteria (representatives of plankton) majority of viruses in the ocean it infects them. She gave the example of a glass of seawater, which contains about 200 million viruses, most of which infects 20 million bacteria.


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