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Article: Mesophilic microorganisms build terrestrial mats analogous to Precambrian microbial jungles

TitleMesophilic microorganisms build terrestrial mats analogous to Precambrian microbial jungles
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Issue Date2019
PublisherNature Research: Fully open access journals. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.nature.com/ncomms/index.html
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Nature Communications, 2019, v. 10 n. 1, p. article no. 4323 How to Cite?
AbstractDevelopment of Archean paleosols and patterns of Precambrian rock weathering suggest colonization of continents by subaerial microbial mats long before evolution of land plants in the Phanerozoic Eon. Modern analogues for such mats, however, have not been reported, and possible biogeochemical roles of these mats in the past remain largely conceptual. We show that photosynthetic, subaerial microbial mats from Indonesia grow on mafic bedrocks at ambient temperatures and form distinct layers with features similar to Precambrian mats and paleosols. Such subaerial mats could have supported a substantial aerobic biosphere, including nitrification and methanotrophy, and promoted methane emissions and oxidative weathering under ostensibly anoxic Precambrian atmospheres. High C-turnover rates and cell abundances would have made these mats prime locations for early microbial diversification. Growth of landmass in the late Archean to early Proterozoic Eons could have reorganized biogeochemical cycles between land and sea impacting atmospheric chemistry and climate.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/290150
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dc.contributor.authorFinke, N-
dc.contributor.authorSimister, RL-
dc.contributor.authorO’Neil, A-
dc.contributor.authorNomosatryo, S-
dc.contributor.authorHenny, C-
dc.contributor.authorMacLean, LC-
dc.contributor.authorCanfield, DE-
dc.contributor.authorKonhauser, K-
dc.contributor.authorLalonde, S-
dc.contributor.authorFowle, DA-
dc.contributor.authorCrowe, SA-
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-22T08:22:47Z-
dc.date.available2020-10-22T08:22:47Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationNature Communications, 2019, v. 10 n. 1, p. article no. 4323-
dc.identifier.issn2041-1723-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/290150-
dc.description.abstractDevelopment of Archean paleosols and patterns of Precambrian rock weathering suggest colonization of continents by subaerial microbial mats long before evolution of land plants in the Phanerozoic Eon. Modern analogues for such mats, however, have not been reported, and possible biogeochemical roles of these mats in the past remain largely conceptual. We show that photosynthetic, subaerial microbial mats from Indonesia grow on mafic bedrocks at ambient temperatures and form distinct layers with features similar to Precambrian mats and paleosols. Such subaerial mats could have supported a substantial aerobic biosphere, including nitrification and methanotrophy, and promoted methane emissions and oxidative weathering under ostensibly anoxic Precambrian atmospheres. High C-turnover rates and cell abundances would have made these mats prime locations for early microbial diversification. Growth of landmass in the late Archean to early Proterozoic Eons could have reorganized biogeochemical cycles between land and sea impacting atmospheric chemistry and climate.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherNature Research: Fully open access journals. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.nature.com/ncomms/index.html-
dc.relation.ispartofNature Communications-
dc.rightsNature Communications. Copyright © Nature Research: Fully open access journals.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.titleMesophilic microorganisms build terrestrial mats analogous to Precambrian microbial jungles-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailCrowe, SA: sacrowe@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityCrowe, SA=rp02537-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41467-019-11541-x-
dc.identifier.pmid31541087-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC6754388-
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dc.identifier.hkuros316151-
dc.identifier.volume10-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 4323-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 4323-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000486996200003-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.identifier.issnl2041-1723-

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