Number of crenarchaeota cells estimated to be in the oceans (20% of all the picoplankton cells)

Value ~1E+28 Unitless
Organism Archaea
Reference Karner MB, DeLong EF, Karl DM. Archaeal dominance in the mesopelagic zone of the Pacific Ocean. Nature. 2001 Jan 25 409(6819):507-10. p.509 right column top sentencePubMed ID11206545
Method 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 About 1.0×10^28 cells, that is, 20% of all the picoplankton cells in the world ocean appear to be represented by one specific clade, the pelagic crenarchaeota. See BNID 106262, 106263
Entered by Uri M
ID 106264