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Sulfidic Deep Terrestrial Subsurface
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2011-01-01 2013-12-31
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Deep caves in central Italy offer a unique opportunity to investigate the diversity of microoxic and anoxic microbial communities in sulfidic sedimentary aquifers 100-600 m below ground surface. We expect the proposed pyrotag-enabled study to reveal the spatial distributions and redox/temperature niches of enigmatic Epsilonproteobacteria previously detected in extremely microoxic aquifer zones. We also expect to extend our understanding of a diverse anoxic aquifer community dominated by Deltaproteobacteria, Chloroflexi, and a large number of taxa in unnamed and novel clades.

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  • RY2014-1 - submitted on Aug 31, 2014

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    A paper is in preparation for submission (McCauley Rench, R. L., I. Schaperdoth, and J.L. Macalady. Microbial communities from the anoxic and sulfidic aquifer of the Frasassi Cave System.)

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