hunter at work.nlm.nih.gov
Thu Jun 15 21:13:37 EST 1995
In following up Kenneth Chan's request for a organism biomass database,
David Thornley said:
Biomass is a very general term used to refer to the presence of biological
materials/organisms. The only situation you might find the use of
"biomass of a particular organism" might be in the form of "the biomass
associated with the average dog is x fleas," or something.
David, I think Kenneth was looking for a database (or other source of
information) about the total mass of particular organisms, e.g. what is the
total biomass of Blue Whales (or E. coli) on the planet. Hmm, I wonder
which is larger, the biomass of blue whales or of E. coli?
PS: Sorry I can't offer any answers to the orginal question...
Lawrence Hunter, PhD.
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