In this study, Fanny Monteiro, Stephanie Dutkiewicz and Mick Follows, interpret the environmental controls on the global ocean diazotroph biogeography in the context of a three-dimensional global model with a self-organizing phytoplankton community.
Monteiro, F., S. Dutkiewicz, and M.J. Follows (2011), Biogeographical controls on the marine nitrogen fixers, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 25, GB2003, doi:10.1029/2010GB003902
Iron is an essential nutrient for living things, but is scarce in the ocean. Darwin Project researchers Stephanie Dutkiewisz, Mick Follows and Fanny Monteiro, collaborating with a team from WHOI led by Mak Saito are reporting they have found that a key marine bacterium, Crocosphaera watsonii, may have evolved a remarkable biochemical way to recycle iron for dual metabolic activities. You can read more about this work in the following WHOI News Office release or in Saito et al (2011), a recent paper in PNAS.
Saito, M. A., E . M. Bertrand, S. Dutkiewicz, V. V. Bulygin, D. M. Moran, F. M. Monteiro, M. J. Follows, F. W. Valois, and J. B. Waterbury (2011), Iron conservation by reduction of metalloenzyme inventories in the marine diazotroph Crocosphaera watsonii.
Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1006943108
Monteiro, F., M. J. Follows and S. Dutkiewicz (2010), Distribution of diverse nitrogen fixers in the global ocean, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24, GB3017, doi:10.1029/2009GB003731
Monteiro, F. and M. Follows (2009), On the interannual variability of nitrogen fixation in the subtropical gyres, Journal of Marine Research, 67, 1-20, doi: 10.1357/002224009788597944