Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Identifying and quantifying new markers of microbially mediated nutrient flow in the ocean
In support of developing new protocols to detect the products of microbial metabolism in seawater to understand the influence of marine microbial communities and their activities on the chemical composition of their surroundings. The new procedures will enable researchers to quantify the abundance of these molecules that serve as the currency of nutrient flow among the studied microbes. The project also includes a needs assessment to define the nature and scope of a community resource database for storing and comparing profiles of metabolism products.