David John Thornley
djt at doc.ic.ac.uk
Wed Jun 21 00:30:00 EST 1995
In article <HUNTER.95Jun14135851 at work.nlm.nih.gov>, Hunter at nlm.nih.gov wrote:
> 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?
Of course, I'm embarrassed that it didn't occur to me. It becomes an
interesting question in that light. To make up for my slip, I would be
very pleased to assemble data on this subject.
If, in the next couple of weeks, any of you are in a position to e-mail an
approximate figure for the total earth-wide mass of a (reasonably broad?)
class of organisms, then I will assemble the data, and post a summary to
this group. I will attempt to attribute credit for the data by means of
footnotes, or some similar means.
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