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Acetylene as a substrate in the development of primordial bacterial communities

Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere

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DOI: 10.1007/BF01808218

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Abstract

The fermentation of atmospheric acetylene by anaerobic bacteria is proposed as the basis of a primordial heterotrophic food chain. The accumulation of fermentation products (acetaldehyde, ethanol, acetate and hydrogen) would create niches for sulfate-respiring bacteria as well as methanogens. Formation of acetylene-free environments in soils and sediments would also alter the function of nitrogenase from detoxification to nitrogen-fixation. The possibility of an acetylene-based anaerobic food chain in Jovian-type atmospheres is discussed. ?? 1988 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Acetylene as a substrate in the development of primordial bacterial communities
Series title:
Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
DOI:
10.1007/BF01808218
Volume
18
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
Publisher location:
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
First page:
397
Last page:
407