"Ocean Census Uncovers 'New World' of Marine Microbe Life"

"An ocean census has revealed a "new world" of richly diverse marine microbe life that could help scientists understand more about key environmental processes on Earth, a study said Sunday.

Scientists participating in the International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM) said they had uncovered an astonishing array of hard-to-see marine lifeforms, including microbes, zooplankton and larvae.

Traditional research methods have already isolated some 20,000 marine microbes, but new data suggests the true numbers are much higher."

Jean-Louis Santini reports for AFP April 19, 2010.

Source: AFP, 04/19/2010