Articles | Volume 17, issue 12
Research article
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25 Jun 2020
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 25 Jun 2020

The contribution of microbial communities in polymetallic nodules to the diversity of the deep-sea microbiome of the Peru Basin (4130–4198 m depth)

Massimiliano Molari, Felix Janssen, Tobias R. Vonnahme, Frank Wenzhöfer, and Antje Boetius


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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (14 Apr 2020) by Denise Akob
AR by Massimiliano Molari on behalf of the Authors (27 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 May 2020) by Denise Akob
AR by Massimiliano Molari on behalf of the Authors (18 May 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Massimiliano Molari on behalf of the Authors (23 Jun 2020)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (23 Jun 2020) by Denise Akob
Short summary
Industrial-scale mining of deep-sea polymetallic nodules will remove nodules in large areas of the sea floor. We describe community composition of microbes associated with nodules of the Peru Basin. Our results show that nodules provide a unique ecological niche, playing an important role in shaping the diversity of the benthic deep-sea microbiome and potentially in element fluxes. We believe that our findings are highly relevant to expanding our knowledge of the impact associated with mining.
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