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André Abreu, Etienne Bourgois, Adam Gristwood, Romain Troublé, Silvia G Acinas, Peer Bork, Emmanuel Boss, Chris Bowler, Marko Budinich, Samuel Chaffron, Colomban de Vargas, Tom O Delmont, Damien Eveillard, Lionel Guidi, Daniele Ludicone, Stephanie Kandels, Hélène Morlon, Fabien Lombart, Rainer Pepperkok, Juan JP Karlusich, Gwenael Piganeau, Antoine Régimbeau, Ghilhem Sommeria-Klein, Lars Stemmann, Matthew B Sullivan, Shinichi Sunagawa, Patrick Wincker, and Olivier Zablocki (2022)

Priorities for ocean microbiome research

Nature Microbiology, 7:937-947.

Microbial communities have essential roles in ocean ecology and planetary health. Microbes participate in nutrient cycles, remove huge quantities of carbon dioxide from the air and support ocean food webs. The taxonomic and functional diversity of the global ocean microbiome has been revealed by technological advances in sampling, DNA sequencing and bioinformatics. A better understanding of the ocean microbiome could underpin strategies to address environmental and societal challenges, including achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals way beyond SDG 14 ‘life below water’. We propose a set of priorities for understanding and protecting the ocean microbiome, which include delineating interactions between micro- biota, sustainably applying resources from oceanic microorganisms and creating policy- and funder-friendly ocean education resources, and discuss how to achieve these ambitious goals.
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Abreu A, Bourgois E, Gristwood A, Troublé R, Acinas SG, Bork P, Boss E, Bowler C, Budinich M, Chaffron S, de Vargas C, Delmont TO, Eveillard D, Guidi L, Iudicone D, Kandels S, Morlon H, Lombard F, Pepperkok R, Karlusich JJP, Piganeau G, Régimbeau A, Sommeria-Klein G, Stemmann L, Sullivan MB, Sunagawa S, Wincker P, Zablocki O, Arendt D, Bilic J, Finn R, Heard E, Rouse B, Vamathevan J, Casotti R, Cancio I, Cunliffe M, Kervella AE, Kooistra WHCF, Obst M, Pade N, Power DM, Santi I, Tsagaraki TM, Vanaverbeke J (2022) Priorities for ocean microbiome research. Nature Microbiology 7:937–947.
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