Prospects for the study of evolution in the deep biosphere

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doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2011.00285
Author(s): Biddle, Jennifer F.; Sylvan, Jason B.; Brazelton, William J.; Tully, Benjamin J.; Edwards, Katrina J.; Moyer, Craig L.; Heidelberg, John F.; Nelson, William C.
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and the Environment, Lewes, DE, United States
University of Southern California, United States
East Carolina University, United States
Western Washington University, United States
Volume Title: Frontiers in Microbiology
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology, Vol.2(Article 285), p.1-7. Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland. ISSN: 1664-302X
Note: In English. 62 refs.; illus.
Summary: Since the days of Darwin, scientists have used the framework of the theory of evolution to explore the interconnectedness of life on Earth and adaptation of organisms to the ever-changing environment. The advent of molecular biology has advanced and accelerated the study of evolution by allowing direct examination of the genetic material that ultimately determines the phenotypes upon which selection acts. The study of evolution has been furthered through examination of microbial evolution, with large population numbers, short generation times, and easily extractable DNA. Such work has spawned the study of microbial biogeography, with the realization that concepts developed in population genetics may be applicable to microbial genomes (Martiny et al., 2006; Manhes and Velicer, 2011). Microbial biogeography and adaptation has been examined in many different environments. Here we argue that the deep biosphere is a unique environment for the study of evolution and list specific factors that can be considered and where the studies may be performed. This publication is the result of the NSF-funded Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) theme team on Evolution (
Year of Publication: 2012
Research Program: IODP Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
ODP Ocean Drilling Program
Key Words: 22 Environmental Geology; Archaea; Atlantic Ocean; Bacteria; Biosphere; Crust; Depth; East Pacific; Ecology; Equatorial Pacific; Expedition 308; Gulf of Mexico; Habitat; Hydrothermal conditions; IODP Site U1320; Integrated Ocean Drilling Program; Leg 201; Marine sediments; Microorganisms; North Atlantic; Nutrients; ODP Site 1229; Ocean Drilling Program; Pacific Ocean; Sediments; South Pacific; Southeast Pacific
Coordinates: S105900 S105900 W0775800 W0775800
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Record ID: 2013048184
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