How many microbes ?

Fauconnier Alan afaucon at sga.ulb.ac.be
Mon Apr 22 03:28:30 EST 1996

This is a child question and I am supposed to answer
on the belgian french speaking radio on wednesday april 24.  
How many microbes are there in the world ?  
Does anybody have any quantitative estimation of the total
number or biomass as well as the species number of procaryotes,
protists, viruses and bacteriophages.  
I would deeply appreciate your answers before wednesday april 24
in my E-mail box.  Later answers will also be of interest.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Alan Fauconnier
Applied Genetics, ULB, Belgium
afaucon at sga.ulb.ac.be

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