Thaumarchaea, which represent as much as 20% of prokaryotic biomass in the open ocean, have been linked to environmentally relevant biogeochemical processes, such as ammonia oxidation (nitrification) and inorganic carbon fixation. We have used culture-independent methods to study this group because current cultivation limitations have proved a hindrance in studying these organisms.
Recommended citation: Tully, B. J., Nelson, W. C., & Heidelberg, J. F. (2011). Metagenomic analysis of a complex marine planktonic thaumarchaeal community from the Gulf of Maine. Environmental Microbiology, 14(1), 254–267. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02628.x