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Diversity, Biomineralization and Rock Magnetism of Magnetotactic Bacteria


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

About this book


Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) synthesize intracellular nano-sized minerals of magnetite and/or greigite magnetosomes for magnetic orientation. They play important roles in global iron cycling and sedimentary magnetism, and have a broad range of potential applications in both biotechnological and biomedical fields. However, because the majority of MTB in nature remain unculturable, our understanding of these specific bacteria remains fairly limited. This thesis describes the development of a novel approach for effectively collecting, purifying and characterizing uncultivated magnetotactic bacteria. The diversity, genomic information and rock magnetic properties of various uncultivated MTB are investigated and characterized using a combination of biological and geophysical methods. The results will lead to a better understanding of the biogeography and biomineralization mechanisms of MTB in nature, and improve our knowledge of the contributions of MTB to biogeochemical cycles of elements and sedimentary magnetism.  

Dr. Wei Lin works at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Institute of Geology and GeophysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina, People's Republic

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Diversity, Biomineralization and Rock Magnetism of Magnetotactic Bacteria
  • Authors Wei Lin
  • Series Title Springer Theses
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Theses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-38261-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-43364-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-38262-8
  • Series ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-5061
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 92
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geophysics/Geodesy
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