The Evolution of Geomicrobiology: Perspectives From the Mineral–Bacteria Interface

The Evolution of Geomicrobiology: Perspectives From the Mineral–Bacteria Interface

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  • November 20, 2018
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This issue of Geobiology provides a glimpse into the state of geomicrobiology with research presented spanning from molecular-scale cellular metal interactions to field studies of elemental cycling. The broad link between all of these papers presented here is the interconnectivity between minerals and microbial ecology and metabolisms. This issue was organized and solicited from the session ‘Bacteria–mineral interface’at the International Mineralogical Association meeting in Kobe, Japan, 2006.
From its origins, perhaps some 4 billion years ago, biology has had a profound effect on shaping our planet. The ‘higher’organisms, multicellular eukaryotes, are restricted for the most part to the Earth’s surface, while the ubiquitous nature of prokaryotic organisms has allowed them to extend from polar icecaps to the hottest desert, from the most acid acidic mine waste to salty and highly alkaline lakes, and from atmospheric …
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