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Anaerobic microbes surprise scientists by living with oxygen

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A study into Shark Bay's microbial mats has detected activity of anaerobic microbes under oxic conditions—highlighting unknown complexities in microbial systems.

The study aimed to provide insight into past environments and to understand how microbial communities contribute to biogeochemical cycles by looking into changes in levels of sulphide, iron and phosphate in salt-water stromatolites over 24 hours.
Lead-author Anais Pages from the WA Organic & Isotope Geochemistry Centre at Curtin University, was surprised with the contradictory results.

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