New insights into the degradation dynamics of organic material in the seafloor

Many processes in the deep sea are not yet well understood, and the role of microbial communities in particular is often a big unknown. This includes, for example, how organic material that sinks from the water surface to the ocean floor is metabolised – an important building block for a better understanding of the global carbon cycle. The team from MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and the Departments of Geosciences and Biology/Chemistry at the University of Bremen, led by first author Qing-Zeng Zhu, has now published a study on this topic in the journal Science Advances.

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