COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Newly discovered bacterial partnership changes ocean chemistry
Description: In a discovery that further demonstrates just how unexpected and unusual nature can be, scientists have found two strains of bacteria whose symbiotic relationship is unlike anything seen before. Long, thin, hairlike Thioploca (meaning "sulfur braids" in Spanish) trichomes form chains down into marine sediment, which tiny anammox cells ride down like an elevator. At the bottom, the anammox cells consume nitrite and ammonium, or "fixed" nitrogen, the waste products of the Thioploca. [Source: USC News]
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Source: USC News
Publish Date: 8/7/2013
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