Articles | Volume 17, issue 14
Reviews and syntheses
17 Jul 2020
Reviews and syntheses |  | 17 Jul 2020

Reviews and syntheses: Bacterial bioluminescence – ecology and impact in the biological carbon pump

Lisa Tanet, Séverine Martini, Laurie Casalot, and Christian Tamburini


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (04 Jun 2020) by Carol Robinson
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (14 Jun 2020)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (14 Jun 2020) by Carol Robinson
Short summary
Bioluminescent bacteria, the most abundant light-emitting organisms in the ocean, can be free-living, be symbiotic or colonize organic particles. This review suggests that they act as a visual target and may indirectly influence the sequestration of biogenic carbon in oceans by increasing the attraction rate for consumers. We summarize the instrumentation available to quantify this impact in future studies and propose synthetic figures integrating these ecological and biogeochemical concepts.
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