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Forecasting ocean microbiome shifts

Modelling using metagenomic data has revealed partitioning of the ocean into discrete microbial genomic provinces, but climate change might restructure their global organization.

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Fig. 1: Metagenomic samples from across the global ocean.


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Seymour, J.R. Forecasting ocean microbiome shifts. Nat Microbiol 7, 747–748 (2022).

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