Iron-oxidizing bacteria

Leptothrix ochracea, Gallionella, and Zetaproteobacteria

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If you were driving along a highway in Maine - located on the east coast of the United States - past pine trees and summer cottages, you might not give a ditch of rust-colored water a second thought, unless you had the bad luck to drive into it. In this week’s podcast, Ari Daniel meets some scientists who are wading into the rusty water and finding a whole ecosystem of unusual life forms.

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Image Credit: Fleming,E.J, et al. What's New Is Old: Resolving the Identity of Leptothrix ochracea Using Single Cell Genomics, Pyrosequencing and FISH. PLOS One. CC BY

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