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Metabolism of the deep

Certain microorganisms from the domain Archaea seem to be big players in the marine carbon and nitrogen cycles. A study linking their abundance in the deep sea to their likely metabolic profile refines this view.

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Figure 1: Nitrification in the global nitrogen cycle.


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Schleper, C. Metabolism of the deep. Nature 456, 712–713 (2008).

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