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Tiny acts of microbe justice help reveal how nature fights freeloaders
Date:1/6/2014

and other appendages. The researchers write that sea animals alone shed an estimated 110 billion tons of chitin each year yet hardly any of it makes it to the ocean floor. Instead, the detritus is consumed by V. cholerae and other marine bacteria with its elements being recycled into the biosphere.

"If V. cholerae's system of extracellular digestion were compromised by exploitation," Nadell said, "the world's supply of carbon and nitrogen would become sequestered on a rapid geological timescale."


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