Acetylene as a substrate in the development of primordial bacterial communities

Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
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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
Contributing office(s) Pacific Regional Director's Office, San Francisco Bay-Delta
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
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