How abundant are bacteria in terms of biomass?

Richard_Heath heath at
Mon Feb 27 11:23:38 EST 1995

In article <DEernisse-2202951625130001 at>, DEernisse at (Doug Eernisse) writes:
> Sure, there are lots more bacterial cells out there than
> eukaryotic cells, but how do they stack up relative to
> important organisms such as diatoms, dinoflagellates, copepods,
> etc., in terms of total biomass on Earth? Have there been
> any estimates broken down according to the extant phylogenetic 
> groups of bacteria?

Are you suggesting that bacteria aren't important???
(don't know the answer to your question though, sorry)

> -- 
> Doug Eernisse <DEernisse at>
> Dept. Biological Sciences MH282
> California State University
> Fullerton, CA 92634


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