Research from Iron Mountain mine sheds light on acid drainage
Acidic drainage from a mine flows on the surface after passing through the underground study site at Iron Mountain, near Redding, Calif.
Credit: Gene Tyson, UC Berkeley
This FISH image of the biofilm – showing Leptospirillum in yellow, archae in blue, and Sulfobacillus in green – is surrounded by a representation of a genome sequence that indicates genes by colored bars.
Credit: Gene Tyson and Jill Banfield, UC Berkeley
Examining life extracted from toxic runoff at a northern California mine, researchers for the first time have reconstructed multiple individual genomes from a microbial community taken from an environmental sample rather than from a laboratory culture.
According to Jill Banfield, the leader of the scientific team behind the discovery, "This takes the study of natural biogeochemical systems to a new level."
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