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Mysterious microbe plays important role in ocean ecology
Date:11/14/2008

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Photosystem II is large complex of multiple proteins and chlorophyll molecules, but the team was unable to find any of the genes for the photosystem II core proteins. The genes for photosystem I appeared in the sequencing data, as did genes for both photosystems from the small numbers of contaminating cyanobacteria in the sample.

Zehr said he plans to continue research on the new microbe and fill some gaps in the present knowledge.

Efforts are currently underway to map the microbe's presence in the oceans and determine its global abundance.

Zehr is also interested in how its metabolism differs from other known cyanobacteria. If it can be cultured, there may be ways to exploit this organism's unusual metabolism in biotechnology applications, he said.


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