HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Diverse sea 'bugs' revealed on landmark Atlantic cruise to census zooplankton

Census of Marine Life scientists trawled rarely explored tropical ocean depths between the southeast US coast and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to inventory and photograph the variety and abundance of zooplankton small sea "bugs" that form a vital link in the ocean food chain and other life forms.

Though relatively few in number compared with the uppermost ocean layer, scientists were amazed by the variety of tiny animals found at depths of 1 to 5 km (0.6 to 3 miles). Among thousands captured, 500 species have been catalogued, 220 of them DNA sequenced at sea revealing a number of new species.

The 20-day cruise, completed April 30, is part of an ambitious global inventory of zooplankton by 2010 (dubbed the Census of Marine Zooplankton, CMarZ), a Census of Marine Life initiative that sheds life on some important global ecosystem processes, including the ocean's function as Earth's largest carbon sink and the impact ocean acidification may have on life in the seas.

While helping moderate climate, zooplankton species also provide a fundamental link in the food chain between ocean plant life and predators from fish to whales.

Scientists are puzzling out the types, abundances, ranges and roles within nature of these thousands of tiny animal species. Sequencing the DNA at sea, they telescoped into just three weeks what would normally represent years of laboratory work, an experience that may revolutionize the way biological research at sea is conducted.

The expedition took extraordinary samples in the ocean's deepest waters down to about the sea bottom at 5,000 meters. Biological oceanographers to now have focused almost exclusively on the oceans' uppermost kilometer, which includes only one quarter of their volume. CMarZ is designed to illuminate these important little life forms in the remaining three quarters, below 1,000 m, the point at which the deep sea (bathypelagic zone) is generally agreed to begin.

T
'"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
terrycollins@rogers.com
416-538-8712
Census of Marine Life
4-May-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Related biology news :

1. Diverse genetic abnormalities lead to NF-κB activation in multiple myeloma
2. Diverse tropical forests defy metabolic ecology models
3. Universes stringy birth revealed by young Czech scientist in EURYI winning project
4. Discredited Korean embryonic stem cells true origins revealed
5. Toxoplasmosis infection trick revealed by scientists
6. Genetic roots of bipolar disorder revealed by first genome-wide study of illness
7. Quantum secrets of photosynthesis revealed
8. New bird, bat species revealed by extensive DNA barcode studies
9. Architectural plan revealed of doomsday arctic seed vault
10. Humans ecological footprint in 2015 and Amazonia revealed
11. Secrets revealed in sequencing of honey bee genome

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/23/2019)... ... August 22, 2019 , ... ... following their acquisition in June of 2018. Along with the name change, this ... , “Our goal was to create a cohesive brand that blended our core ...
(Date:8/19/2019)... ... August 19, 2019 , ... Since the microscope was first ... dimensional slices which are placed on microscope slides, stained and visualized by a ... features such as vasculature and thus researchers in the last few years have ...
(Date:8/14/2019)... , ... August 14, 2019 , ... ... 4Q/2019, will explore how developments in microbiome therapeutics are helping to promote normal ... for more information. , Advancements will educate about the DECODE.DESIGN.CURE™ technology platform, which ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2019)... ... August 15, 2019 , ... PathSensors announced today that ... member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Board of Directors, Illinois Institute ... Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Advisory Council and the University ...
(Date:8/14/2019)... ... August 13, 2019 , ... ... on prepackaged mobile phases for QC laboratories. After gaining a few significant clients, ... sciences approach into a valued supplier of manufacturing processing solutions, including reagents for ...
(Date:8/7/2019)... ... August 07, 2019 , ... Locus Agricultural Solutions (Locus AG) reports record levels ... “probiotics”), including Rhizolizer ® , which is pulling up to 121% more carbon ... offered to date. Results from the treatment of almonds, cherries, turf/sod, grapes and citrus ...
(Date:8/6/2019)... ... August 06, 2019 , ... ... characterizing microbiome populations down to the strain level, has announced partnerships with six ... other products to companies and research organizations in Australia, Benelux, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: