The microbial communities of inactive Oslofjord pockmark sediments – Part 2

My previous blog post I ended with the main activity of microbes in marine sediments: the breakdown of organic matter deposited from the water column. The sedimentation rate at which organic matter is deposited at the sea bed is dependent on the particle size and on the water velocity above the sea bed. In the previous blog you could read that pockmarks affect the water movements above the seabed, which affects the sedimentation and re-suspension rates of particles. A difference between normal sediments and pockmark sediments in the sedimentation rate of organic matter could have an affect on microbial communities in these sediments.

In our publication on bacterial communities of the Olsofjord pockmarks we found that they are different from the surrounding seabed. But before I explain more about this result, I would like to explain how we did our experiment. Continue reading

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The microbial communities of inactive Oslofjord pockmark sediments – Part 1

Last Friday I added another article to my publication list. The publication was in the PLOS ONE journal and caries the title: Linking microbiology and Geology: inactive pockmarks affect sediment microbial communities structure. I am very happy with this publication, since it is the result of my curiosity and it taught me a lot about marine sediments. If you are not working in either microbiology or geology, which is likely, then the title is not very understandable. Continue reading

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It happened. I have written and posted my first typing on my blog. The idea to start a blog has been in my head for some time and only now I have decided to start it. Why now? The reason … Continue reading

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