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Long-distance electron transport by cable bacteria in mangrove sediments
Burdorf, L.D.; Hidalgo-Martinez, S.; Cook, P.L.M.C.; Meysman, F. (2016). Long-distance electron transport by cable bacteria in mangrove sediments, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Scientist Day. Brugge, Belgium, 12 February 2016. VLIZ Special Publication, 75: pp. 24
In: Mees, J.; Seys, J. (Ed.) (2016). Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Scientist Day. Brugge, Belgium, 12 February 2016. VLIZ Special Publication, 75. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee - Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende. xii, 165 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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  • Burdorf, L.D.; Hidalgo-Martinez, S.; Cook, P.L.M.C.; Meysman, F. (2016). Long-distance electron transport by cable bacteria in mangrove sediments. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 545: 1-8. dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11635, more

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Keywords
    Biogeochemistry; Mangroves; Bacteria [WoRMS]; Marine; Brackish water
Author keywords
    Electrogenic sulphur oxidation; Mangrove sediment biogeochemisty; Cable bacteria; Long-distance electron transport; Geomicrobiology

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  • Burdorf, L.D., more
  • Hidalgo-Martinez, S., more
  • Cook, P.L.M.C.
  • Meysman, F., more

Abstract
    Cable bacteria are long, filamentoussulphur-oxidizing bacteria that induce long-distanceelectron transport in aquatic sediments. They turnthe seafloor into an electro-active environment, characterizedby currents and electrical fields, and whenpresent, they exert a strong impact on the geochemicalcycling in the seafloor. However, cable bacteriahave only recently been discovered, and so their geographicaldistribution and habitat distribution remainlargely unknown. Here we report field evidence thatcable bacteria are present and active in mangrovesediments. Combining microsensor profiling andfluorescence in situ hybridization, we recorded highfilament densities (77 m cm-2) and the signature ofelectrogenic sulphur oxidation in sediments of greymangroves near Melbourne, Australia. Our findingssuggest that cable bacteria could be a keystonemicrobial species in the geochemical cycling ofmangroves.

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