Study identifies fungus that breaks down ocean plastic

A fungus living in the sea can break down the plastic polyethylene, provided it has first been exposed to UV radiation from sunlight. Researchers from, among others, NIOZ published their results in the journal Science of ...

Characterizing salps as predators of marine microbes

A huge fraction of global flows of carbon and other nutrients pass through marine microbes. Little is known about their causes of death, however. This information determines where those nutrients will go.

Marine bacteria take in carbon dioxide through photosynthesis

Knowing whether or not marine microbes engage in photosynthesis—the use of sunlight to turn carbon dioxide and water into energy—could help scientists to learn if ocean bacteria play a role in the global carbon cycle.

Shift work helps marine microbes share scarce ocean resources

Though they may be small, microorganisms are the most abundant form of life in the ocean. Marine microbes are responsible for making roughly half of the organic carbon that's usable by life. Many marine microbes live near ...

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