Microbial communities play essential roles in ocean ecology and planetary health. A recent publication highlights priorities for understanding and protecting ocean microbiomes.
Microbial communities in the ocean are vital for both environmental and human health. They participate in nutrient cycles, remove huge quantities of carbon dioxide from the air and support ocean food webs.
The Tara Ocean Foundation, Tara Oceans, EMBL, and the European Marine Biological Resource Centre present priorities for ocean microbiomes and discuss how to achieve the ambitious goals. The paper published in Nature Microbiology is available to read Open Access.