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TIGR and Collaborators Sequence Bacterioplankton, Confirm Presence of Hybrid Engines

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (GenomeWeb) - Researchers from the Institute for Genomic Research, Universityof Georgia, and other institutions have sequenced and analyzed the genome of Silicibacter pomeroyi, one of the most common bacteria in the world's oceans, TIGR said yesterday.


Supported by the National Science Foundation, the sequencing and analysis project confirmed the bacterioplankton's identity as a lithoheterotroph, having the ability to use both organic and inorganic energy sources -- such as carbon monoxide and sulfur -- to drive its organic carbon biosynthetic processes, said the statement.


S. pomeroyi's Roseobacter clade of microbes accounts for about 15 percent of cell production in the open ocean, TIGR said.  


An analysis of the bacterioplankton sequence appears in the Dec. 16 issue of Nature.

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