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How microbes respond to environmental shifts helps understand energy flow in Galapagos’ waters

UNC researchers Scott Gifford, Harvey Seim and Adrian Marchetti as well as MS candidate Liang Zhao have recently published in Frontiers in Microbiology in a paper titled “Microbial Niche Diversification in the Galapagos Archipelago and Its response to El Niño.” This paper highlights how the Galapagos Archipelago is a natural laboratory used to identify the environmental factors that structure marine microbial communities due to the diverse oceanographic setting the archipelago is located in. Microbes lay at the foundation of marine ecosystems. One set of microbes, phytoplankton, serve as the primary producers that make the food that sustains all other organisms. The other group of microbes, bacteria, are responsible for consuming the vast majority of that food. It is … Continued Read more