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Title

A Holistic Approach to Marine Eco-Systems Biology

AuthorsKarsenti, Eric; Acinas, Silvia G. ; Cornejo-Castillo, Francisco M. ; Ferrera, Isabel ; Gasol, Josep M. ; Tara Oceans Consortium
Issue Date18-Oct-2011
PublisherPublic Library of Science
CitationPLoS Biology 9(10): e1001177 (2011)
AbstractWith biology becoming quantitative, systems-level studies can now be performed at spatial scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems. Biological data generated consistently across scales can be integrated with physico-chemical contextual data for a truly holistic approach, with a profound impact on our understanding of life [1]–[5]. Marine ecosystems are crucial in the regulation of Earth's biogeochemical cycles and climate [6],[7]. Yet their organization, evolution, and dynamics remain poorly understood [8],[9]. The Tara Oceans project was launched in September 2009 for a 3-year study of the global ocean ecosystem aboard the ship Tara. A unique sampling programme encompassing optical and genomic methods to describe viruses, bacteria, archaea, protists, and metazoans in their physico-chemical environment has been implemented. Starting as a grassroots initiative of a few scientists, the project has grown into a global consortium of over 100 specialists from diverse disciplines, including oceanography, microbial ecology, genomics, molecular, cellular, and systems biology, taxonomy, bioinformatics, data management, and ecosystem modeling. This multidisciplinary community aims to generate systematic, open access datasets usable for probing the morphological and molecular makeup, diversity, evolution, ecology, and global impacts of plankton on the Earth system
DescriptionEric Karsenti et al.-- 5 pages, 2 figures
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001177
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/42577
DOI10.1371/journal.pbio.1001177
ISSN1544-9173
E-ISSN1545-7885
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