Source: Dan Hawkes
A team of scientists (including ESD’s Sirine Fakra,
Roseann Csencsits, Kelly Wrighton, Ken Williams, and Jill Banfield)
recently characterized planktonic microbial communities sampled from an
aquifer in Rifle, Colorado, USA, close to the peak of iron reduction
following in situ acetate amendment. Iron-reducing bacteria (FeRB) play
key roles in anaerobic metal and carbon cycling and carry out
biogeochemical transformations that can be harnessed for environmental
Citation: Luef, B., S.C. Fakra, R. Csencsits, K.C. Wrighton, K.H.
Williams, M.J. Wilkins, K.H. Downing, P.E. Long, L.R. Comolli, and J.F.
Banfield (2013), Iron-reducing bacteria accumulate ferric oxyhydroxide
nanoparticle aggregates that may support planktonic growth. ISME
Journal, 7 (2), 338–350; DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2012.103.
Funding Source: BER, SBR