24.04.2018 – ICBM
By: Dr. Sibet Riexinger

Microbes from the oceanic crust eat what is left over by others

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dittmar, preperaing a sample of dissolved organic carbon to be examined in the mass spectrometer at the ICBM. [Photo: Bastian Ehl for MPG]

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.

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