Global bacterial population present in the phyllosphere [the aerial parts of plants]

Range ≤10^26 bacterial cells
Organism Biosphere
Reference Vorholt JA. Microbial life in the phyllosphere. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2012 Dec10(12):828-40. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro2910 p.828 left column top paragraphPubMed ID23154261
Comments P.828 left column top paragraph: "The leaf surface habitat is vast: vegetation modelling [ref 2 BNID 115366] gives an estimated global leaf area of 508,630,100 km^2, which corresponds to 1,017,260,200 km^2 of upper and lower leaf surface, an area approximately twice as great as the land surface. Assuming that there are on average 10^6−10^7 bacteria per square cm of leaf surface [ref 3 BNID 115367], the global bacterial population present in the phyllosphere could comprise up to 10^26 cells."
Entered by Uri M
ID 115368