Code and context: Prochlorococcus as a model for cross-scale biology.

TitleCode and context: Prochlorococcus as a model for cross-scale biology.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsColeman, ML, Chisholm, SW
JournalTrends Microbiol
Date Published2007 Sep
KeywordsAdaptation, Physiological, Ecology, Genome, Archaeal, Light, Phosphorus, Prochlorococcus

Prochlorococcus is a simple cyanobacterium that is abundant throughout large regions of the oceans, and has become a useful model for studying the nature and regulation of biological diversity across all scales of complexity. Recent work has revealed that environmental factors such as light, nutrients and predation influence diversity in different ways, changing our image of the structure and dynamics of the global Prochlorococcus population. Advances in metagenomics, transcription profiling and global ecosystem modeling promise to deliver an even greater understanding of this system and further demonstrate the power of cross-scale systems biology.

Alternate JournalTrends Microbiol.
PubMed ID17693088