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C. B. van Niel shows that photosynthetic bacteria use reduced compounds as electron donors without producing oxygen. Sulfur bacteria use H2S as a source of electrons for the fixation of HGH carbon dioxide. He posits that plants use water as a source and release oxygen.

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van Niel Remembered, ASM News 53, 1987. p.75 [pdf]

 

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