Articles | Volume 15, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 15, 5951–5968, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5951-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 5951–5968, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5951-2018

Research article 10 Oct 2018

Research article | 10 Oct 2018

A quest for the biological sources of long chain alkyl diols in the western tropical North Atlantic Ocean

Sergio Balzano et al.

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We tried to identify the microbes which biosynthesize a class of lipids widespread in seawater, the long chain alkyl diols (LCDs). We could not find any microorganism likely involved in the production of LCDs. The amounts of LCDs found are too high to be produced by living organisms and are likely to be part of the refractory organic matter persisting for long periods in the water column.
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