Research report 2015 - Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Microbiomes of deep-sea extreme environments
HGF-MPG Brückengruppe für Tiefsee-Ökologie und -Technologie
SummaryThe deep sea harbors an astronomical number of microorganisms and an unknown genetic variety. Unraveling the genetic functions of ocean microbiomes is essential for understanding the Earth system and its element cycles. Especially the extreme ecosystems of the deep sea hold clues to the evolution and limits of life, and its adaptability to a dynamic planet.