Molecular-biological sensing in aquatic environments: recent developments and emerging capabilities

McQuillan, Jonathan S.; Robidart, Julie C. ORCID: 2017 Molecular-biological sensing in aquatic environments: recent developments and emerging capabilities. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 45. 43-50.

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Aquatic microbial communities are central to biogeochemical processes that maintain Earth’s habitability. However, there is a significant paucity of data collected from these species in their natural environment. To address this, a suite of ocean-deployable sampling and sensing instrumentation has been developed to retrieve, archive and analyse water samples and their microbial fraction using state of the art genetic assays. Recent deployments have shed new light onto the role microbes play in essential ocean processes and highlight the risks they may pose to coastal populations. Although current designs are generally too large, complex and expensive for widespread use, a host of emerging bio-analytical technologies have the potential to revolutionise this field and open new possibilities in aquatic microbial metrology.

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Date made live: 14 Jul 2017 10:50 +0 (UTC)

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