Fraction of living biomass in global oceans that are marine microbes

Range >90 %
Organism Biosphere
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Comments P.1 bottom paragraph: "Marine microbes comprise more than 90% of the living biomass in the global oceans [primary sources] and the phytoplankton component of this biomass are responsible for approximately half of the world’s photosynthetic activity [BNID 113510]."
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