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Fact Sheet 2011–3102

Microbial Ecology of Deep-Water Mid-Atlantic Canyons

By Christina A. Kellogg

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Introduction

The research described in this fact sheet will be conducted from 2012 to 2014 as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's DISCOVRE (DIversity, Systematics, and COnnectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems) Program. This integrated, multidisciplinary effort will be investigating a variety of topics related to unique and fragile deep-sea ecosystems from the microscopic level to the ecosystem level. One goal is to improve understanding, at the microbiological scale, of the benthic communities (including corals) that reside in and around mid-Atlantic canyon habitats and their associated environments. Specific objectives include identifying and characterizing the microbial associates of deep-sea corals, characterizing the microbial biofilms on hard substrates to better determine their role in engineering the ecosystem, and adding a microbial dimension to benthic community structure and function assessments by characterizing micro-eukaryotes, bacteria, and archaea in deep-sea sediments.

First posted August 25, 2011

For additional information contact:
Christina A. Kellogg
U.S. Geological Survey
St. Petersburg Science Center
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/DISCOVRE/

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Suggested citation:

Kellogg, C.A., 2011, Microbial ecology of deep-water mid-Atlantic canyons: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3102, 2 p.




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