Number of archaeal cells estimated to be in the oceans (approximately one third the number of bacterial cells)

Value ~1.3E+28 Unitless
Organism Archaea
Reference Cavicchioli R, Curmi PM, Saunders N, Thomas T. Pathogenic archaea: do they exist? Bioessays. 2003 Nov25(11):1119-28. p.1119 right column bottom paragraphPubMed ID14579252
Primary Source Karner MB, DeLong EF, Karl DM. Archaeal dominance in the mesopelagic zone of the Pacific Ocean. Nature. 2001 Jan 25 409(6819):507-10.PubMed ID11206545
Method (Primary source:)Data from monthly sampling (quantitative microscopic surveys using single-cell, fluorescent in situ hybridization with rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes) conducted throughout the water column (surface to 4,750 m) combined with continental shelf data
Comments See BNID 106263
Entered by Uri M
ID 106262