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Research Article

Cell-Specific Thioautotrophic Productivity of Epsilon-Proteobacterial Epibionts Associated with Shinkaia crosnieri

  • Tomo-o Watsuji mail,

    watsuji@jamstec.go.jp

    Affiliation: Subsurface Geobiology Advanced Research Team (SUGAR), Extremobiosphere Research Program (XBR), Institute of Biogeosciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

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  • Manabu Nishizawa,

    Affiliation: Precambrian Ecosystem Laboratory, JAMSTEC, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

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  • Yuki Morono,

    Affiliation: Geomicrobiology Group, Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research, JAMSTEC, Nankoku, Kochi, Japan

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  • Hisako Hirayama,

    Affiliation: Subsurface Geobiology Advanced Research Team (SUGAR), Extremobiosphere Research Program (XBR), Institute of Biogeosciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

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  • Shinsuke Kawagucci,

    Affiliation: Subsurface Geobiology Advanced Research Team (SUGAR), Extremobiosphere Research Program (XBR), Institute of Biogeosciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

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  • Naoto Takahata,

    Affiliation: Atomosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan

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  • Yuji Sano,

    Affiliation: Atomosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan

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  • Ken Takai

    Affiliation: Subsurface Geobiology Advanced Research Team (SUGAR), Extremobiosphere Research Program (XBR), Institute of Biogeosciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

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  • Published: October 02, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046282

About the Authors

Tomo-o Watsuji, Hisako Hirayama, Shinsuke Kawagucci, Ken Takai
Subsurface Geobiology Advanced Research Team (SUGAR), Extremobiosphere Research Program (XBR), Institute of Biogeosciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Manabu Nishizawa
Precambrian Ecosystem Laboratory, JAMSTEC, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Yuki Morono
Geomicrobiology Group, Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research, JAMSTEC, Nankoku, Kochi, Japan
Naoto Takahata, Yuji Sano
Atomosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan

Corresponding Author

Email: watsuji@jamstec.go.jp

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: TW KT. Performed the experiments: TW MN. Analyzed the data: YM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HH SK NT YS. Wrote the paper: TW. Provided input on manuscript: HH SK NT YS KT MN YM.