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In a recent study, a lysin-encoding gene was cloned from a deep-sea thermophilic bacteriophage Geobacillus virus E2, GVE2. She steers toward the worms and uses the robotic arm to reach out and take a sample for later examination. Chimney-like structures form on the seafloor at hydrothermal vents and spew extremely hot mineral-laden fluid.
Deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems differ from their shallow-water and terrestrial hydrothermal counterparts due to the symbiosis that occurs between macro invertebrate hosts and chemoautotrophic microbial symbionts in the former. Bathmodiolid mussels are an example of a host that contains methanotrophic endosymbionts; however, the latter mostly occur in cold seeps as opposed to hydrothermal vents. Hydrothermal vent structures are characterized by different physical and chemical factors, including the minerals, temperatures, and flow levels of their plumes. This is the engine that drives Earth's tectonic plates apart, moving continents and causing volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The superheated black water pouring from the vent provides high-energy chemicals that sustain the tubeworms bottom photo and other organisms that thrive in this unlikely habitat. These bacteria are typically chemolithotrophic bacteria. Consumers that depend on these bacteria to produce food for them include giant tubeworms, like those pictured in Figure below. Join our growing list of subscribers - sign up for our express news delivery and you will receive a mail message every time we post a new story!!! Some scientists hypothesize that the first life on Earth may have originated at deep hydrothermal vents. Let's meet some of the microbes that make this amazing ecosystem possible. Figure 1. However, sometimes sulfite SO is potentially produced. Linz: Medieninhaber und Herausgeber, This armor plating probably serves as a defense against the venomous radula teeth of predatory snails in that community.
Nelson, Douglas C. Deep hydrothermal vents are located in areas with high tectonic activity, including the edges of tectonic plates, undersea mountain ranges and seamounts, and mid-ocean ridges.
The ability of vent organisms to survive and thrive in such extreme pressures and temperatures and in the presence of toxic mineral plumes is fascinating.
As these bacteria multiply, they form thick mats on which animals can graze.
They help regulate ocean chemistry and circulation. Aerobic anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria belong under the subclass of Proteobacteria. The ability of life to tap such geothermal energy raises interesting possibilities for other worlds like Jupiter's moon Europa, which probably harbors liquid water beneath its icy surface. As far as the evidence shows, all the microbes involved within the deep sea vent ecosystem help the environment to survive and to thrive without the use of light, a key factor for other organisms in the ocean. Here, the microbes can gather their sulfur containing material and can exude the energy necessary for organisms to survive in the very harsh thermophilic and hyperbaric environment Tivey. These bacteria convert the chemicals that shoot out of the hydrothermal vents into food for the worm. The overall question was: what were the morphological and physiological properties of this new bacterium. Deep hydrothermal vents are located in areas with high tectonic activity, including the edges of tectonic plates, undersea mountain ranges and seamounts, and mid-ocean ridges. Cold seeps do not require high tectonic activity and may be located more sporadically across the deep sea. Editor's note: Michael Meyer, the Astrobiology Discipline Scientist at NASA headquarters remarks: "Right now, the hydrothermal systems are dependent on oxygen as the electron acceptor, which comes from photosynthesis. Byrne, N. Back on the mother ship her monitor reveals tall, thin towers of craggy rock billowing black smoke from their peaks. Larger organisms, such as snails , shrimp , crabs , tube worms , fish especially eelpout , cutthroat eel , ophidiiforms and Symphurus thermophilus , and octopuses notably Vulcanoctopus hydrothermalis , form a food chain of predator and prey relationships above the primary consumers.
The scientists plated the bacteria and incubated them aerobically at room temperature in the dark for 5 days. The hemoglobin in the worms combines hydrogen sulfide and then gives this product to the bacteria.
When first discovered in the s, these oases in the deep sea were a complete surprise—Dr.
Cindy Van Dover maneuvers her robotic craft closer to the strange, rocky landscape below. There is also potential for the use of lysins as a prophylaxis and treatment of bacterial pathogens.
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