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Volume 14, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 14, 683–701, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-683-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 14, 683–701, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-683-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 10 Feb 2017

Research article | 10 Feb 2017

Long-distance electron transport occurs globally in marine sediments

Laurine D. W. Burdorf et al.

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High resolution field porewater profiles (pH, H2S, O2) with cable bacteria activity in the Netherlands L. D. W. Burdorf, A. Tramper, and F. J. R. Meysman https://doi.org/10.14284/269

Laboratory timeseries of high resolution porewater profiles (pH, H2S, O2) demonstrating cable bacteria growth L. D. W. Burdorf, D. Seitaj, L. Meire, and F. J. R. Meysman https://doi.org/10.14284/270

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Recently, long filamentous bacteria have been reported to conduct electrons over centimetre distances in marine sediments. These so-called cable bacteria have an electricity-based metabolism, effectively turning the seafloor into a natural battery. In this study we demonstrate a global occurrence of these cable bacteria in marine sediments, spanning a large range of climate zones (off Greenland, the USA, Australia, the Netherlands) and a large range of coastal habitats.
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