At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Ocean Portal, we focus on everything ocean: unusual and everyday organisms, ocean-inspired art, researchers devoting their lives to exploring the still mostly mysterious ocean. The Ocean Portal Blog is where we invite guest bloggers to share their research or opinions about on-going ocean issues.
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[php]Microbes are some of the most important organisms in the sea. These miniscule organisms provide an important link in the food web between the dissolved nutrients in the ocean and larger organisms like corals, fishes, and sharks. Without the microbes nothing would be able to use those nutrients, and the machinery of the ocean’s food web would grind to a halt. While microbes are very easy to collect—just scoop up a handful of seawater—they are not very easy...
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