Particle-association lifestyle is a phylogenetically conserved trait in bathypelagic prokaryotes

Guillem Salazar, Francisco M. Cornejo-Castillo, Encarna Borrull, Cristina Díez-Vives, Elena Lara, Dolors Vaqué, J M Arrieta, Carlos M. Duarte, Josep M. Gasol, Silvia G. Acinas

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The free-living (FL) and particle-attached (PA) marine microbial communities have repeatedly been proved to differ in their diversity and composition in the photic ocean and also recently in the bathypelagic ocean at a global scale. However, although high taxonomic ranks exhibit preferences for a PA or FL mode of life, it remains poorly understood whether two clear lifestyles do exist and how these are distributed across the prokaryotic phylogeny. We studied the FL (
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5692-5706
Number of pages15
JournalMolecular Ecology
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 6 2015

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics


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