MARINE MICROBIOLOGY

A day in the life of marine sulfonates

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Lab-based studies, combined with metatranscriptomic and metabolomic field analyses, reveal important diel-linked roles for sulfonates in the major classes of phytoplankton that produce them, and in the environment in which they feed ubiquitous heterotrophic bacteria.

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Fig. 1: The proposed sulfonate metabolic network showing the diel cycle-linked production and release of sulfonates by many phytoplankton, and uptake by diverse heterotrophic bacteria.

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Williams, B.T., Todd, J.D. A day in the life of marine sulfonates. Nat Microbiol 4, 1610–1611 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41564-019-0576-5

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