By: Dr. Sibet Riexinger
Microbes from the oceanic crust eat what is left over by others
Oldenburg. It is known for quite some time that most bacteria of the open ocean "despise" dissolved organic matter. However, microorganisms from porous areas of the oceanic crust utilize a major part of these specific carbon compounds – most of them being excretory and decomposition products of marine algae and bacteria.
The recent findings of an international study in which participated researchers of the ICBM-MPI Bridging Group Marine Geochemistry Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dittmar and Dr. Helena Osterholz, have been published in the recent issue of the scientific journal Nature Geoscience.