Phytoplankton Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary
Data Center Description
The Microbial Ecology lab is a research unit of the Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia and the School of Marine Science of The College of William & Mary.
Bacterioplankton are the smallest and most numerous autonomous organisms on the planet. Most cells are less than 0.5 microns in diameter, contain just a few femtograms (=10-15 grams) of carbon and have rather small genomes. Yet they are numerous, reaching densities of over 1 million cells per ml in the coastal and open sea, and even higher levels in estuaries.