Molecular Detection of Magnetic Bacteria in Deep-Sea Sediments

  • Kaori Inoue
  • Harald Petermann


Bacterial production of magnetite (Fe3O4) (Frankel et al., 1979) contributes significantly to the natural remanent magnetism of deep-sea and other sediments (Kirschvink et al., 1984; Stolz et al., 1986). Accurate magnetostratigraphy, reconstruction of past magnetic field behavior and extraction of environmental information from the sedimentary record depend on an understanding of the biology of deep-sea magnetic bacteria. Although magnetofossils (Kirschvink et al., 1984) have been found in deep-sea sediments, there have been no reports of the recovery of magnetic bacteria from the deep ocean.


Molecular Detection Natural Remanent Magnetism Magnetotactic Bacterium magA Gene Iron Transport Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaori Inoue
    • 1
  • Harald Petermann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyTokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyKoganei, Tokyo 184Japan
  2. 2.Fachbereich GeowissenschaftenUniversity BremenBremen 33Germany

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